|Title:||Mental Health and Young People: Working Towards a Suicide Prevention Strategy|
|Date:||Tuesday 11th September 2012|
|Time:||10.15am – 4.30pm|
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|Helen Steele, Mental Health Team and Suicide Lead, Department of Health|
|Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness|
|Poppy Jaman, Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid|
|Yvonne Clarke, Director, Pathways CIC|
|Kevin Ward, TAMHS Coordinator, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust|
In England and Wales suicide is a leading cause of death, particularly in young people aged 15-24. Statistics show that every day two young people take their own lives and it is estimated there are as many as 140,000 attempted suicides every year. About 24,000 of these cases are by children and young people aged 10-19. Whilst women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to succeed, with suicide rates being three times higher in men than in women and suicide being the most common cause of death for those under 35.
Having a mental health condition is the most significant risk factor for suicide. It is estimated that 90% of people who attempt or die by suicide have one or more mental health conditions. People with severe depression are twenty times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. Research suggests that 2.5% of children and young people suffering from depression had committed suicide after 20 years and almost half had attempted suicide.
The Consultation on Preventing Suicide in England: A Cross-Government Outcomes Strategy to Save Lives has outlined the Government’s aims to reduce the suicide rate and improve support for those most at risk. The Consultation underlines the need for efficient and effective action and interventions and provides the framework for suicide prevention nationally and locally. In developing a new national all-age suicide prevention strategy for England, the Government has built on the successes of the earlier strategy published in 2002.
Death by suicide is an individual tragedy but can also have a devastating effect on families and communities. Family and friends bereaved by a suicide are at increased risk of mental health problems and, potentially, at a higher risk of suicide themselves. As such, improving care for families who have been bereaved by suicide is central to the draft strategy.
With the final strategy due later this year, this timely Symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness and explore the next steps in strengthening multi-agency working towards suicide prevention. The symposium will examine the vital role of Government action and leadership on suicide prevention and assess specific national actions which could contribute towards more effective health and wellbeing approaches in every local area.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
The Way Forward – Raising Awareness of Suicide Prevention
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
New Challenges, New Solutions – Developing Responsible Approaches and Early Interventions
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|
Losing a loved one to suicide is a tragedy. I want to make sure that we are doing all we can to prevent suicides and give vulnerable people the support they desperately need. I have been listening to families who have been bereaved following a suicide, and have called upon experts in healthcare, criminal justice and transport to help us put together a new strategy to save people from taking their own lives. It’s essential that family members get good emotional and practical support if they’ve lost a loved one to suicide.
— Care Services Minister, July 2011