Calling for Helpline Volunteers

Can you join us to help others by volunteering for the National Helpline?

The Helpline offers an invaluable service to adults, often to newly bereaved people, affected by the loss of a loved one to suicide.  The Helpline may be the first contact for emotional support after their tragedy.  Callers can share their feelings with someone who really understands, who has lost a loved one to suicide and who will listen.

If you feel you can offer your services and have been bereaved for at least 3 years, then please follow the link for more information  Helpline Volunteers and  Calling for Helpline Volunteers

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.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Recruitment Appeal

A Group Leader and 2 Volunteers needed to run our SoBS Bradford group

Our Bradford group will unfortunately be closing in December.  Can you help?

  • Have you been bereaved by suicide for 3 years or more?
  • Do you have good inter-personal skills in order to lead a group, encourage and sustain discussion?
  • Be open and accepting to people of other cultures, beliefs and sexual orientation?
  • Are you confident in handling people in distress?
  • Are you caring and supportive?
  • Do you have good, independent judgement of situations?
  • Do you have the ability in working effectively as a member of a team?
  • Would you be willing to undergo training to develop skills?
  • Have you received help and want to ‘give back’?

To be a Group Leader Volunteer and start a group requires commitment and dedication in the interests of the individual and also the clients who attend the meeting.

Due to the sensitive nature of our charity we require all volunteers to complete an application form in line with our policies and procedures.

For further details please follow link https://uksobs.org/help-us/support-group-volunteers/

If you wish to discuss any further details, then please do not hesitate to contact the National Office on:

Tele:  01159 441 117

Email: admin@uksobs.org

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.”

Request to Complete National Suicide Bereavement Survey

Dr. Sharon McDonnell is bereaved by suicide and is a volunteer at the Greater Manchester SoBS group. She also specialises in suicide bereavement research. She is currently leading a research project, which aims to identify the experiences and needs of those bereaved by suicide. This study is being conducted by the University of Manchester in collaboration with The Support After Suicide Partnership (which includes 35 organisations that focus on suicide bereavement).

Sharon and her team have developed a suicide bereavement survey. It has been designed for anyone bereaved by suicide who is aged 18 years and older. It is a 12 month study (Sept 2017 – Aug 2018). Already there has been a lot of interest in this research. For example, it has been referred to in the House of Commons and a request has been made for a debate on suicide bereavement.

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/d9ac6d17-0222-4489-99c7-862d43f1c20b?in=11:40:06&out=11:41:00

To date, 2615 people have completed the survey. Sharon and her team would like to recruit 10,000 people by the end of August 2018. This is the reason why she is asking for our help. Please will you consider completing the national suicide bereavement survey if you feel able. The link to the information sheet and survey are provided in the following link:

http://research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/cmhs/research/Impactofsuicide

Thank you for considering our request.

Matthew’s Song by Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell has written a song in memory of his brother Matthew

Andrew has decided that he will match the total donations himself up to the first £1000. All donations will be split between two charities: SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

For more information please follow the link which gives an option to listen to the song.

https://www.memoriesofmatt.co.uk/matthews-song

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-russell30

Are Some Suicides Connected To Gambling?

We are members of the Sheffield SoBS group. Our son Jack took his own life on November 22 because he was addicted to gambling. He was just 24. We have set up a charity called You Don’t Know Jack in order to understand more about gambling related harm, particularly suicide, and to campaign for better understanding of the effects of gambling.

We would very much like to be in contact with anyone who has been affected by suicide connected to gambling. We would like to be able to provide mutual support, to develop a greater understanding of the issues associated with this kind of suicide and to try to see what lessons there might be.

If anyone would like to contact us we can be reached on the following email or telephone number:

lizk.therapy@blueyonder.co.uk  0114 255 4013.

Many thanks

Liz and Charles Ritchie

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