Online Harms White Paper April 2019

On 8 April the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office published the Online Harms White Paper, which sets out the Government’s plans for a package of measures to make the internet safer for everyone.  The White Paper is currently open for consultation until 1 July, and both it and the consultation details can be found at www.gov.uk by searching for ‘Online Harms White Paper’.

The White Paper outlines plans for a new regulatory framework to address all forms of online harms, including content that is seen to encourage or assist suicide.  Once the regulator is in place, it will work with internet and social media companies to ensure that abhorrent content is removed.

Ban the press from reporting suicides Inappropriately

Media organisations report and publish a death by suicide with no consideration to the family involved. The law gives preference to the public’s ghoulish interest over a family’s right to grieve in private. If someone dies by suicide, the press should be able to report only that they have died.

Suicide deaths are a shock to all left behind and are traumatic enough without the death being broadcast to the wider community. Suicide deaths are not easily explained to children left behind. Families should have the right to explain what has happened at an appropriate time or when the child reaches an age where they can fully understand and process the information, not have their parental choices taken away simply because media organisations deem it newsworthy. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244574

Mental Health Crisis Care Roadmap

Mental Health Crisis Care Roadmap

Friday 21 June 2019, Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, Manchester

Book before Friday 12th April and receive £100 off your place

This solution focused day will identify with the challenges of crisis care and mental health liaison services, community mental health, in-patient services and multi-agency working. Take one day out, map your service against the national picture, find out what is and isn’t working, and get on the right road to evolving your service. Key focuses of the day are:

• National developments: realistic expectations from the Long-Term Plan
• CYP crisis models: delivered through interagency cooperation and joint working
• Preventing the crisis: long term emotional and practical support
• Reducing self-harm & suicide: working with young people & impacting on repeat attendance
• Responding to emergency calls: the specialist nurse working with the paramedic service
• When patients present to A&E: liaison teams reducing attendance & substance misuse
• Coming into contact with the police: best practice in Street Triage & using SIM for crisis care

Book your place by visiting http://www.sbk-healthcare.co.uk/home/title/2393/nhsconference/mental-health-crisis-care-roadmap/ or by contacting nichola.cadwallader@sbk-healthcare.co.uk

BBC Documentary about online bullying

My name is Claire and I am a researcher at October Films, a TV production company based in London. We are making a BBC documentary looking at the relationship between online bullying and mental health issues, in young women growing up today; filmed through the eyes of one of the most famous women in the UK.

This will be a deeply personal film showing one woman’s rise to fame, and her subsequent battle with mental health issues, which was fuelled by negative media coverage and abusive online trolls. But with self-harm amongst young girls, and teenage suicide both doubling in the last decade; her experience is certainly not exclusive to the high-profile and famous. In order to understand the statistics and the root cause of the issue, she will be meeting and swapping stories with other young women who have endured similar experiences online.

We would like to speak with other young women whose lives and mental health have been impacted by online bullying or abuse. Initially this would be for a confidential research conversation to help inform the content of our documentary, with no obligation to be filmed. However we would also like to offer them the opportunity to consider contributing further by sharing their stories on camera.

We feel it would also be incredibly important to include the story of a young woman who has tragically taken her own life, after enduring online bullying and pressures from social media. Sensitively telling their story through interview with their loved ones, will give us the opportunity to raise awareness, highlight warning signs to look out for, and to explain the long-lasting ripple effect of suicide. We are hoping to make contact with the family of a young woman who has died by suicide, to inform them about our documentary and to offer them the chance to contribute in whatever way feels right for them.

We are looking to talk to as many people as possible who feel comfortable telling their story, with no obligation to speak to us again or to commit to being filmed. If you have any questions about the project or would like to talk further please do not hesitate in getting in contact either via email claire.york@octoberfilms.co.uk or 07772 337007

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

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