The Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership met at the beginning of April. The meeting talked about the following issues:
Salford Suicide Prevention Action Plan
The partnership updated and agreed the action plan for 2019/20. The most up-to-date version is available here
Greater Manchester Updates
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have developed a Suicide Prevention website and an awareness raising campaign called ‘Shining a light on suicide’. The website and awareness campaign toolkit is available for everybody to use and can be accessed here: http://www.shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have launched a Greater Manchester suicide bereavement service on 1st April 2019. The service lets people know what services are available in your area if you have been bereaved by suicide.
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership are improving links with the Coroners across Greater Manchester.
The group received an update about the Communication Campaigns that Salford Clinical Commissioning Group has been running over the last couple of months. This includes:
- Exam pressure social media campaign
- Construction worker social medial campaign
- The next social media campaign will be about LGBTQ+
Planning for World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day
The group were asked to share their plans for World Suicide Prevention day.
START in Salford – Are organising a Vigil of Remembrance to commemorate those we have lost through suicide and in support of those left behind. There will be a Procession of Remembrance starting at START Wellbeing Centre to the Salford Museum & Art Gallery where the Vigil of Remembrance will take place. More information can be found in the attached flyer.
Mind in Salford – Mind in Salford are running the Salford 10K on 8th September in memory of people lost from suicide. Mind invited members of the group and their organisations to run with them.
Salford Suicide Bereavement Clinic
Salford Suicide Bereavement Clinic is currently running two clinics a week. There are currently 15 people attending the clinics. The service is currently accepting referrals from GPs, but plan to accept self-referrals in the future.
The group were asked to review a leaflet and referral form for the service to and provide feedback on anything that could be improved.
Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Postvention Service
A representative from the Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Postvention Service attended the meeting to provide the group with an update on the service. The Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Postvention Service is there to tell people that have been bereaved by suicide about the support that is available in their local area. To help build up a directory of services the group were asked tell the Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Postvention Service about services and groups that are available in Salford.
The group were asked to consider if a CCTV camera should be put up in the public area near to the Meadowbrook Unit with views of the nearby bridge. The group decided not to support a CCTV being installed in the public area of Meadowbrook.
Personal Journey Mapping
The partnership received an update about the Personal Journey Mapping project. The project will be mapping a small number of people with lived experience of suicide journey through the services and support that they may or may not have accessed. The project will help the partnership understand what is working well and what might need to change, so that people have better experiences in the future.
(Personal Journey Mapping relates to action 14.1 in the Salford Suicide Prevention Action Plan)
Living Well Programme Update
The partnership received an update about the Living Well Programme.
The Living Well Programme is a partnership of Salford City Council, CGG, mental health trust, voluntary sector and people with lived experience working together to improve mental health services in Salford.
Terms of Reference
A draft Terms of Reference for the Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership was reviewed by the partnership and amendments were requested. The Terms of Reference will be updated and sent to the group for approval.
A Terms of Reference will describe what the group is about and will explain the roles and responsibilities of the people that attend the meeting.
The Terms of Reference will be shared on the website once it is complete.
Any Other Business
Subsidised Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – Mind IN Salford told the group about a two day suicide prevention training event they have organised on 1st and 2nd August 2019. Mind invited members of the group to come on the training.
Turn Yellow for World Suicide Prevention Month – START in Salford handed out ‘Turn Yellow for World Suicide Prevention Month’ packs to the group. The packs have leaflets and flags that can be displayed on desks, in windows etc. The group were asked to display the contents of the pack. The aim of the packs is to contribute towards a society that makes it the norm to discuss how we are feeling and know that we matter.