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Suicide Prevention Workshop: Supporting carers and families
24/01/2018
A free event of talks and workshops is being held to help carers and families prevent vulnerable people in their care from dying by suicide.

The Suicide Prevention Workshop: Supporting Carers and Families, which is a joint event being run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), Feedback and Carers Matter Norfolk, will take place at The Involve Centre, 5 Pinbush Close, Lowestoft NR33 7NN, on Saturday, 3 February, from 11.30am to 3pm – no need to book.

NSFT Governor Howard Tidman, Louise Marks of Feedback and Kevin Vaughan, of Carers Matter Norfolk, want to hear from carers what support they would find most useful, and will offer advice to carers and families on how to look after themselves too.

Howard said: “Suicide can be devastating for those left behind, and it can be distressing when a loved one makes an attempt on their life.

“Sometimes carers, friends and family members just don’t know what to do or where to turn, and often the carers themselves need some support, or simply some guidance on how to look after themselves.

“That’s what we hope to offer at this event, as well as hear from carers what help they think 
would be most beneficial to them.”

Liz Howlett, NSFT’s Suicide Reduction Plan Implementation Lead, said: “We all have a responsibility to create a culture in which people can talk freely about their feelings and seek the help they need before they reach the point where suicide seems the only option.

“By recognising the signs of distress, and treating everyone around us with respect, we can help to prevent suicide.

“But it is also vital that carers, friends and family who have experienced suicide or attempted suicide by a loved one know where to find the support they need and how to look after themselves.”

To find out more about the Suicide Prevention Workshop, call Howard Tidman on 07557 290169, email howard.tidman@nsft.nhs.uk; or Kevin Vaughan on 07747 777243, email kevin.vaughan@carersmatternorfolk.org

Anyone who is concerned that someone may be suicidal should encourage them to get help by seeing their GP, therapist or a counsellor or contacting the Samaritans on 116 123. 

People can also self-refer to the Wellbeing service for additional support by visiting www.wellbeingnands.co.uk or calling 0300 123 1503.

For press enquiries, email: nsft.communications@nsft.nhs.uk