and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has appointed a specialist Family
Liaison Officer to increase the support provided to people who have been
bereaved by suicide.
Carvey will work across both counties, offering a listening ear to families,
answering their questions, supporting them through the inquest and signposting
them to charities and other groups which could help.
is brand new at NSFT, and comes as part of the Trust’s commitment to reducing
suicides while also providing better support to loved ones after someone has
taken their own life.
brings extensive knowledge to the post after previously working as an
Occupational Therapist supporting end-of-life patients and their families in
north Norfolk. She also has personal experience of dealing with trauma
following the murder of her long-term partner 13 years ago.
to use my own experience of going through a traumatic grieving process to help
others who have suffered a sudden loss,” said Jenni, who began her career in
mental health. “I understand the way they are feeling and some of the anxieties
they may be facing as I know what it is like for someone you love to be there
one minute and gone the next.
regularly had difficult conversations with the families of palliative care
patients in my previous job, so appreciate just how important it is to approach
people with empathy and understanding.”
will offer support to families where the person who has taken their own life is
an NSFT service user, on the Trust’s waiting lists or has been discharged
within the last six months. That support will continue for as long as the
family wishes, including throughout the investigation and inquest process.
be a dedicated point of contact who will get to know families, can answer their
questions, sit and listen to their concerns or signpost them on to counselling
services or further support, depending on their individual needs,” added Jenni.
“I am looking forward to getting started and really hope that I can make a
difference and have a positive impact at what is an incredibly difficult time
for those left behind.
Trust is really determined to get this right. Suicide is already incredibly
traumatic for the family, so making sure families are given the right support
afterwards is vital.”
placed an increased focus on suicide since 2017, when its Suicide Prevention
Strategy was launched. It has seen a variety of educational events take place
to target the groups most at risk, while specific training has also been rolled
out to staff to raise awareness of the needs of carers.
Trust has also joined the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA), which is a coalition of
NHS organisations, emergency services, councils, charities, large employers and
community groups who all support the ambition of creating a world where suicide
does not exist.
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