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

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.

Research on Social Support after a loss to suicide

Looking for research participants until January 2020

Hannah is conducting a PhD project that explores the experiences of friend and family groups after a loss to suicide, with a particular focus on social support. For her research she is looking to interview groups of friends and family who have been bereaved for between 18 months and 8 years. Interviews will be done in person and will take no more than 2 hours. These interviews could be with any 2-5 members of a friend and family group, would be carried out individually and be completely confidential to each person. The study has been approved by the UCL ethics committee (ID: 12381/001).

 

The research will be published academically, and be used to create a public resource to help people who have been bereaved by suicide.

If you’d like to be involved or find out more you can contact me using the details below:

Email address- Hannah.scott.17@ucl.ac.uk

Phone number- 07923225169

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

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 2 years, then please follow the link for more information  Helpline recruitment flyer with border and Helpline bi fold recruitment leaflet 03-19

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 2 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

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