SUF is leading 3 Stepping Forward workshops across the county. These will take place in Ipswich, Bury and Lowestoft, to talk about the new suicide prevention strategy for Suffolk and to invite people who are interested in making a difference to support a strategy with a vision for zero suicides in Suffolk.
The workshops will explore people’s ideas across 6 key areas that have been proposed in national suicide strategy guidance.
It will also connect the suicide strategy with the current 5-year Mental Health strategy, the Crisis Care Concordat Action Plan and the recommendations contained in the recent VERITAS report for Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust.
We plan to support the event to be forward thinking, valuing lived experience in a way that can inform and present new thinking about what could be done better or differently in Suffolk, by working together as a community, supporting a zero suicide vision.
An agenda for the event will be sent out in due course. If you plan to attend this event and your life has been affected by suicide or you are a suicide attempt survivor, please do be aware of any possible triggers for you and help us to keep you safe and well.
The 6 key areas include:
- Reduce risk in high risk groups
- Tailor approaches to improve Mental Health in specific groups
- Reduce access to means
- Better information and support to bereaved
- Support media in sensitive reporting
- Support research and monitoring