CONFERENCES 2019

Preventing Suicide in Young People & Children

Friday 1 February 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Chaired by Karen Mellanby, Director of Networks and Communities, Mind and with opening presentations from a young patient leader, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and NHS England, this one day conference will look at how you can reduce preventable suicides and save young lives in your service. Through national updates, case studies from multi-agency settings and lived experience insight, this conference aims to set the scene for progress already being made and what needs to change to implement the National Inquiry key recommendations, in line with the Five Year Forward View for improved young people’s mental health care.

For further information and to book your place visit

https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/preventing-suicide-in-young-people-and-children or email kerry@hc-uk.org.uk

Follow the conference on Twitter #savingyounglives

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care

Friday 15 March 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

The National Mental Health Crisis Summit takes a practical case study based approach to improving services and outcomes for people with mental health conditions reaching crisis point. The day will focus on improving services for mental health crisis care, through learning from organisations that have succeeded in addressing the challenge of improving access and delivering an effective mental health crisis pathway in line with the national concordat. The conference will look at the role of community services in crisis prevention, and how we can deliver recovery focused crisis services.

For further information and to book your place visit

https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/improving-mental-health-crisis-care or emailkerry@hc-uk.org.uk

Follow the conference on Twitter #MHCrisis

Towards Zero Suicide: Preventing Suicide, Saving Lives

Towards Zero Suicide: Preventing Suicide, Saving Lives

Friday 14 December 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

This conference will provide you with national updates and practical case studies aimed at delivering the national ambition of zero suicide. Throughout the day you will take an in depth look at the effectiveness of suicide interventions, the importance of early intervention and crisis aversion.

For further information and to book your place visit

https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/towards-zero-suicide or email kate@hc-uk.org.uk

Follow the conference on Twitter #zerosuicide

A 20% discount is available by quoting ref: HCUK20SOBS when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Full T&Cs available upon request.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call out for Participants

Sophie is a Producer for News UK and is working on a video as part of a Movember campaign with the Sun.

Please see the following request from Sophie.

I’m looking for case studies to feature in a video called “Letters to my Dad”, which we would like to shoot in mid-September.

The pretence of the video will see each person in the video read out a letter to their father, who it will later become clear, has died. Each person is from a different walk of life, but all share the devastating loss.

We would like to find one or two case studies, who have lost their father to suicide, to write a letter to their lost loved one, and read it on camera. The other case studies will have lost their father to testicular and prostate cancer.

Our company is not allowed to directly donate to charities as a form of payment, but we do have budget to pay for participants, who can, of course, do what they wish with the money.

Please let me know if you are able to help with any case studies. I think this is going to be a very moving and important piece.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best

Sophie


Sophie Crockett
Producer
News UK
Tel: 0207 7824634
Mobile: 07815448585

Warning to All Parents

“ Doki Doki also known as Doki Doki Literature Club. Developed in 2017. It does warn it is not suitable for children however the graphics etc are clearly aimed at young people. This is the first game produced by Salvato and has won a number of awards since it was launched in August 2017. It was downloaded over 2 million times in the first 4 months.

In essence the story plot seems to be that a male character joins a literature club and interacts with female members. There are alternative endings depending on choices made during the course of the game. The story plot uncovers suicidal thoughts the members have. The multiple outcomes follow things such as mental health issues (voices in their head), self-harming, suicide and violent scenes such as one of the player’s neck snapping. All of this then links the reader back to an outcome whereby you are made to think the PC has taken over your computer and you have to continue playing. Some outcomes lead you to consider what you could have done to prevent one of the characters deaths. One even shows you messages from the players who have passed away saying “ now you can all be happy I am gone”. This is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature.

This game is free of charge but an upgraded version can be purchased for $10 to unlock extra content.

Prior to our contact the NSPCC Online Safety team had had no calls with regards to this game but they are now alerted to its existence.

As a result they reviewed information from their Childline Counsellor Facts notes since April 2017. Two counselling sessions had made notes with regards to Doki Doki – these were in November 2017 and January 2018. One talked about a friend playing the game. It was noted the game can trigger emotional responses. The other session noted the young person had been playing it and their favourite character had committed suicide – the young person was thinking about ending their life the same way.”

Angela Samata Appointed Ambassador of SoBS

Angela

 

Angela, has been continually working behind the scenes for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide since she handed over the position of Chair to Ann Culley.

 

When Angela was asked to be an Ambassador for the Charity she replied  “I’m delighted to accept the role as Ambassador of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide. I feel privileged to be asked to represent the work that SoBS do and the continued part that our work plays in the National conversation about the vital need to provide support for those bereaved by suicide. The work and the people that make the Charity all that it is are very close to my heart and I feel honoured to be asked to take up this role.

I’ll never forget the relief that I felt as I walked into a SoBS support group for the first time in 2004. I’m humbled now to be able to encourage others to access SoBS support and to give others the chance to experience the same support I received.

 I followed the path on many before me, first receiving support and then feeling compelled to give a little back to a Charity that played a fundamental part in where I am today.  As a Help-line Volunteer and a Group Leader I gained valuable insight into our work. As a Trustee and Vice Chair I gained valuable insight into how our work is vital at both a local and national level, and as your Chair from 2010-2014 it was my great honour to work on the Board and to ensure our place in the national conversation.

 I was delighted that the BBC brought our work to the fore in our documentary Life After Suicide. Watched by over 3 million people, the film featured the SoBS Liverpool support group, giving a real insight into how our groups work and the vital support they offer. I hope to continue to promote our work and I look forward to working with you.”

 Angela Samata

Can you Help?

Joe Madden Journalist require some help with an article for Cosmopolitan

 

Please read Joe’s request and if you can help get in touch directly with him:

My name’s Joe Madden and I’m a freelance journalist who’s currently working on a piece for Cosmopolitan magazine on depression and suicide amongst young men, and the impact on wives and girlfriends left behind when a man takes his own life. 

 

Cosmopolitan have asked me to write the piece because I suffered from depression in my early 20s – not to the extent that I came close to taking my own life, but enough to have an understanding of how it’d be possible to get to that point.

I’m looking to interview 3-5 women in their 20s or 30s who’ve experienced the loss of a partner through suicide, and I was hoping you’d be okay with me posting a callout for potential interviewees on the SOBS Facebook page?

As part of the piece, I’ll also be speaking to mental health professionals to get an understanding of why young men are so at risk of suicide, and what readers can do if they suspect that their partner or friend is at risk. 

 

If you’d like to see any of my previous work for Cosmopolitan, here’s a piece I did on the Women’s Equality Party .

Let me know what you think, and thanks for your time.

 

Joe Madden

E-mail: joe.madden2001@gmail.com
Tel: 07772 345 407

 

 

 

 

We Need Your Help!

SOBS currently has 60+ support groups set up across the UK, but there are still large areas that we haven’t reached, and we need your help to do this.

We are looking to raise £50,000+ to expand our support group network, and to train and develop our existing network to make sure we are offering the best possible support.

If you would like to help this campaign and donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/sbbs/supportgroupcampaign

You can also text donate to this campaign, by texting ‘SOBS02 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5 to this campaign. Donations can be £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10, by changing the value in the text message.

The campaign is also live on our Facebook page, over at https://www.facebook.com/SOBSCharity

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