The content on this page as well as the information and links to recordings shared on this page and throughout deal with the subject of suicide prevention and we appreciate that for some that may be difficult.
If you do need to speak to someone, either for support for yourself or because you are worried about someone, please see many contact details for ‘Support Services’ listed further down the page.
Suicide Prevention webinar
Thursday 9th September, 1pm – 2pm
To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on Friday 10th September, the NYSAB, North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) and North Yorkshire Community Safety Partnership hosted a webinar on Suicide Prevention.
The recording for the webinar is available below
If you are having a difficult time or are worried about someone else, the Samaritans are there to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please use the contact details below if you need support or just someone to talk to
Telephone: 116 123 (Freephone)
HOPELineUK – 0800 068 41 41
Text: 07786 209 697
The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time.
For more information visit: What is the Hub of Hope?
You can also download the app which is suitable for both Apple and Android devices, to locate support in your area. Visit Hub of Hope – Mental Health Support Network provided by Chasing the Stigma
Training Head First offer currently includes Suicide First Aid, MHFA, Mental Health Awareness, Assessing for Suicide in Kids, SafeTALK and ASIST. We offer MHFA, SafeTALK and ASIST as train the trainer packages also. For more information visit: Home > Head First (headfirst-northyorks.org)
The Talk Suicide campaign has been created by the Humber Coast and Vale Partnership to reduce stigma around talking about suicide by raising awareness of free training available from Zero Suicide Alliance.
Take the training, save a life. It takes just 20 minutes. https://relias.co.uk/hubfs/ZSA-FullTraining-10012020/story_html5.html?utm_source=Relias&utm_campaign=Training-Landing-Page…
Details and information about the training offered by PAPYRUS including Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training https://www.papyrus-uk.org/education-and-training/
Autistica have put together information and guidance about suicidal thoughts in autism.
There’s lots of information and resources available here on their website: https://www.autistica.org.uk/what-is-autism/signs-and-symptoms/suicide-and-autism
Suicide Prevention Workshop
As part of the Safeguarding Week 2021 campaign we invited Pat Sowa along to give a talk on Suicide Prevention
The workshop explored the responsibility of professionals and also highlighted the resources and tools to support suicide prevention.
Pat Sowa shared her experience and expertise in suicide prevention with the aim of inspiring participants to think about what they can personally do to prevent avoidable deaths.
Pat spoke about some of the lessons learnt through the loss of her son, Dom, at the age of 17 and shared a little of what can be done to prevent suicide across the UK in both young people and adults.
The aim of the workshop was, and is, to inspire professionals to ask what more they can do at work, at home and in the community, to raise awareness and improve the skills and knowledge needed to make everyone safer from suicide.
The recording of the workshop can be viewed by clicking the YouTube link below.
Suicide Prevention Slides
The slides from Pat’s presentation can be accessed here and contain links to further resources, support and training.
Head First has been developed to provide information on mental health and suicide prevention training in
Head First is North Yorkshire’s first Mental Health Training Hub, it was developed last year and launched in September 2020. This is part of the wider suicide prevention funding, another wave.
The Hub works in different ways – we have a training element both direct training courses but also train the trainer packages. We have a news section which highlights local news relating to mental health and wellbeing and then we have our resources section which has recently been categorised so we have resources for children and young people, adults, schools, post-vention and so on. Training we offer currently includes Suicide First Aid, MHFA, Mental Health Awareness, Assessing for Suicide in Kids, SafeTALK and ASIST. We offer MHFA, SafeTALK and ASIST as train the trainer packages also.
Headfirst exists for those struggling directly, for organisations needing to train up trainers, for training providers to promote their courses and for organisations to train up volunteers / employees.
Since our launch we have approved 13 training providers, and trained over 200 people across 17 online training courses. We have also trained up the police and fire service our next mission is to train up CSOs, community support organisations that have been on the frontline since the first lockdown.
For more information visit Home > Head First (headfirst-northyorks.org)
Suicide Prevention Programme
In 2019, local communities worst affected by suicide were given additional funding to develop prevention and reduction schemes. Funding was allocated to 8 STPs (sustainability and transformation partnerships) with a high level of need. In North Yorkshire, we were granted funding in what was classed as wave 1 of a 3-year investment. In the first wave of funding, we rolled out a programme across Hambleton, Whitby and Richmondshire.
This was a grassroots suicide prevention programme. We have since expanded the programme into Harrogate and Craven. Since 2019, across North Yorkshire we have funded 31 projects, delivered by 24 providers. To date we have spent £126,115 on this programme. Making the average grant award spend just over £4,000.
In terms of types of projects funded – counselling, bereavement support, 1:1 work, group support, men in sheds, wellbeing / zen gardens in schools, whole school approaches to mental health, music events, mental health champion schemes, wellbeing cafes, a befriending model, outdoor activities. In the past we have had a focus on men, young people, carers – depending on who has been deemed most at risk in this area and in the county.
The aims of the programme include contributing to reducing loneliness and social and emotional isolation, developing mentally healthy communities and places, reducing suicides and reducing stigma and discrimination but every project has its own outcomes such as building emotional resilience, improving attitudes, upskilling people, implementing coping mechanisms, increased confidence and self-esteem.
Each provider also uses tools to monitor and evaluate projects such as the warwick Edinburgh mental wellbeing scale, referral forms, exit surveys for example all of which we will be collating from providers in an end of project report.
You can view the full project synthesis below
Children and Young People
Emerging from Lockdown – Children and Young People and Mental Health difficulties, national message and resources
You will be aware that the pandemic has been challenging, especially children and young people’s mental health. Periods of lockdown and easing can be difficult and as we come out of our latest lockdown, we are seeing signs that some CYP are struggling with adjusting to new routines and increased expectations. National colleagues have recently published several blogs helping CYP, families and carers understand that increased stress and anxiety can be a perfectly normal response to the current situation, and signposting to help for those who are struggling. The most recent ones focus on eating disorders, and the easing of lockdown.
Help for children and young people can come from several sources, including family, friends, schools and colleges, and the voluntary sector. Charities provide vital and varied interventions via their frontline services, networks, helplines and campaigns. For those who need specialist support, the NHS is here to help. Some resources for CYP, families and carers are detailed below:
- Local NHS 24/7 urgent mental health lines (which can be found on nhs.uk/urgentmentalhealth).
- Public Health England’s Better Health Every Mind Matters campaign which provides helpful tips for young people, parents and carers. There are designated pages to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and also provides advice that can help maintain good mental wellbeing.
- YoungMinds Parents Helpline is available for parents, guardians and carers and you can call them on 0808 802 5544; 9.30am to 4pm on weekdays.
- Young Minds Crisis Messenger provides free crisis support during a crisis – this is available every day of the week, at any time day or night. All that is required is to text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
- Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) provides advice and support for young people who feel like they want to take their own life, and all their advice is confidential. Their helpline – HOPELineUK – can be reached on 0800 068 41 41 or one can text them on 07786 209 687 (lines are open every day from 9am to midnight).
- Childline offer support to CYP under 19, and they confidentially call, email, or chat online about any problem, big or small. Their freephone 24-hour helpline is 0800 1111. You can sign up for a Childline account on their website and you will then be able to message a counsellor anytime without using an email address. Or you can have a one-to-one chat with an online advisor.
- SHOUT provides free, confidential, 24/7 text message support in the UK for anyone who is struggling to cope and anyone in crisis. Text SHOUT to 85258. This service is free on all major mobile networks.
- Samaritans are an organisation who are available at any time of the day or night. They will help the CYP and listen to how they are feeling. They can be reached on 116 123 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also guidance and training suggestions available to support staff and systems:
- MindEd a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health.
- Paediatric critical care in practice is an online e-learning portal of resources designed for health professionals to use to develop their knowledge.
- Psychological First Aid training to support children and young people’s mental health during emergencies and crisis situations.
- We Can Talk, children and young people’s mental health training, advice and resources for hospital staff.
- RCPCH position statement on role of paediatricians in supporting CYP’s mental health
- RPsych ‘Quality Standards for Children and Young People for Liaison Psychiatry Services’
- RCPCH ‘Facing the Future: standards for children in emergency care settings’
- CYP Eating Disorder guidance
- DHSC ‘Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all’