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LISTEN for suicide prevention is a new animation that has been developed to support people at risk of suicide.

The animation, LISTEN for Suicide Prevention, has been created by service users and family/parent carers, working with Suffolk User Forum in partnership with clinicians from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and funded by Suffolk Public Health.

LISTEN challenges stigma, encourages open conversations, and provides resources and a step-by-step guide that will help people create an action plan, access timely help when facing a mental health challenge, or connect with others experiencing suicidal thoughts or distress.

LISTEN for Suicide Prevention Booklet

It is accompanied by the LISTEN for Suicide Prevention Booklet which explores ways for managing suicidal thoughts and feelings, providing a step by step process for helping someone in distress, reaching out with kindness and compassion, saving lives.

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LISTEN for Suicide Prevention Booklet

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Resources

You can download LISTEN poster and cards through the following links.

LISTEN POSTER (Opens a PDF)
LISTEN CARD (Opens a PDF)

Background

LISTEN was developed in 2013 by Suffolk User Forum in partnership with clinicians from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Suffolk County Council’s Public Health Team alongside those with lived experience of mental health issues. It was aimed at improving how staff and people who use services interact with each other. Over time, this has been expanded across Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and all staff. It has also been included in the corporate induction.

In 2022, Suffolk Public Health funded a project to develop and launch a LISTEN animation for the public to build on the earlier campaign resources. The campaign resources have also been refreshed to coincide with the launch of the animation, making the content more accessible for audiences.

The LISTEN campaign aims to challenge stigma, encourage open conversations, and provide resources and a step-by-step guide to help people create an action plan, access timely help when facing a mental health challenge.

LISTEN has grown to be the model for mental health crisis care in Suffolk. It has been endorsed by Skills for Care, and by 2020 is now embedded in the Suffolk mental health crisis response and in the models of crisis care for mental health transformation, for which the new services commence in 2021.

LISTEN is an acronym that sets emphasises the value of listening alongside the steps for supporting someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. Although the LISTEN model is used by professionals, the steps provided in our coproduced publication are helpful for everyone and can guide us through a conversation with our family member, friend or anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings of not being able to carry on.