17 July 2019

Powerful perspectives from service users and staff were shared at the Trust-wide Suicide Prevention Conference.

The event in Luton on Tuesday 9 July, 2019, was supported by healthcare, social care, public health, NHS England and third sector partners.

The conference was held to share experiences of suicide prevention work and to formally launch a new programme of suicide prevention training, which will be rolled out across the trust later this year.

Teams from across the organisation took part and the programme included a panel of service users sharing their lived experience; emerging trends in prevention; discussion about local perspectives and partnership working.

It was organised by Professor Frank Röhricht, Medical Director for Research & Medical Education and Dr Dudley Manns, Medical Director for Bedfordshire and Luton.

Speakers were Professor Röhricht; Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Trust Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Rachel Gibbons; Director of Bedford Samaritans, Nick Hammond; Aarti Kumari from PAPYRUS, a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide; Matt Sparks, Clinical Team Lead for Bedfordshire CAMHS Crisis Service; Dr Sara Morando, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for the Newham Personality Disorder Service and Erica Eassom, a Clinical Psychologist with the Trust.

“The bravery shown by our panel of service users in talking so honestly about their lived experience was exceptional and set the tone for a day of open, healthy discussion and debate,” said Professor Röhricht.

“I would personally like to thank them for showing such courage and I would like to thank every staff member who attended to ensure that all directorates were involved in this essential conversation about suicide prevention.”

A group of senior clinicians and people participation leads will work to finalise a training package for clinical teams on suicide awareness and best prevention practice.

The group welcomes input from across the trust and is aiming to capture all the good work that is already going on and the corresponding teaching materials developed by local teams. For more information and to share local practice please contact: frank.rohricht@nhs.net