Conference to tackle the issue of rising suicide rates and the effects
A CONFERENCE exploring the effects of suicide on the community is being arranged for the first time by a local charity.
Just ‘B’ Bereavement Support, North Yorkshire, is preparing for a one-day conference in November to explore the hidden epidemic of suicide and tackle the question of what we can all do to help those bereaved through suicide as well as those considering it.
Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that Yorkshire and the Humber had the largest regional increase in suicide, where rates rose by 21% in 2011.
Yorkshire and the Humber’s suicide rate is the third highest in England, behind the North East and North West.
Tony Collins, chief executive of Saint Michael’s Hospice, the charity that runs the Just ‘B service, said: “Suicide rates are rising and as a result there are not only more people attempting suicide but there are more people affected by the deaths of people through suicide, something we see every day in our work.
“This conference seeks to acknowledge this hidden epidemic and look at new ways in which professionals, families, friends and anyone who finds
themselves in contact with someone who is bereaved through suicide or considering suicide to understand and have confidence to respond.”
The day will offer a chance to be part of a balanced and informed discussion on the topic.
Delegates will hear from a range of experts on the issue, including North Yorkshire Police; Samaritans; Dr Sharron McDonnell, Research Associate from the University of Manchester Centre for Mental Health and Risk; author Dr. Ben Fincham; Seamus Watson, National Programme Manager for Wellbeing and Mental Health at Public Health England and a Just ‘B’ service user bereaved through suicide. There will also be plenty of opportunities for questions, discussion and networking.
Delegates will include health and social care staff, emergency service personnel, researchers, third sector employers and members of the public.
The conference will be held at the Old Swan, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SR on Friday November 22, between 9.45am- 4.30pm.
Tickets are £75 (early bird price of £65 till October 22) including lunch and delegate materials and are available by ringing (01423) 856 794, emailing email@example.com or visiting www.saintmichaelshospice.org