11 Nov: 5th Annual Contact Suicide Prevention – What Works? Conference

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5th annual Contact Suicide Prevention – What Works? Conference, 11th November 2015, Titanic Centre Belfast.

The 5th annual Contact Suicide Prevention Conference is taking place on Wednesday 11th November, 10.00am – 4.30pm, at the Titanic Conference Centre Belfast.

Admission is free*  To register E: deirdre.ONeill@contactni.com  before Thursday 4th November.

The day is open to all – with an interest in suicide prevention and the afternoon public debate on the future of the Lifeline crisis counselling service

The morning session keynote will be presented by Joe Rafferty, CEO Mersey Care NHS Trust, on Mersey and Cheshire NO MORE Zero Suicides five year strategic policy initiative (2015-2020). Mersey Care envisage a future zero suicide death rate, for their entire NHS region, following the successful Henry Ford health care system perfect depression care exemplar service improvement initiative (2003-7). Mersey Care is the first UK NHS Trust to experiment with the Zero Suicide performance improvement ambition to substantially drive down the regional suicide death rate. We are keen to hear from their experience of ‘just culture’ investment, workforce preparedness and leadership championship for audacious achievable whole system change, driving the Merseyside / Cheshire suicide prevention strategy.

To preview Mersey Care Liverpool NHS Zero Suicide Strategy visit  www.no-more.co.uk

Also presenting will be Dr Christabel Owens, Exeter Medical Centre, on her work on the systematic review of psychological autopsy studies following family experience of suicide bereavement. Christabel will speak of the importance to follow one’s intuition when assessing suicide risk for a family member, taking the risk to be impolite and ask the difficult questions when suicidal ideation and suicide planning may converge.

Public Debate on the Future of the Regional Lifeline Service

The afternoon session 2.00pm to 4.00pm, will be devoted to a Public Debate on the Future of the Regional Lifeline Service. We hope to provide the opportunity for a fully informed, comprehensive and dignified public debate, independently facilitated, exploring in detail the issues arising from Public Health Agency’s proposals for the future of the Lifeline crisis counselling helpline and support service, currently out for public consultation.

The public consultation closes at 1pm on 19th November.

Our purpose will work towards promoting synthesis on evidence based and evidence informed strategies for Lifeline developments, a progressive contribution to the audacious ambition that Lifeline will continue to help in the vital policy drive to actively reduce the NI suicide death rate.


To register your attendance please email Deirdre.ONeill@contactni.com

Please note – a light lunch will be provided- so registration required for catering numbers.

*free admission made possible with the generous independent support