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World Mental Health Day focus on suicide prevention

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Mental health, News on 10th October, 2019

The focus of World Mental Health Day this year is on suicide prevention. Prevention is something that all of us can help with whatever our job role.

Earlier this year, we launched our Zero Suicide Ambition Action Plan 2019-21, making a firm corporate commitment to prevent any death by suicide in our inpatient units.

Our new Safe from Suicide (SfS) team, which will be taking forward the implementation of the action plan, is now beginning to take shape.

Dr Peter Aitken, Director of Research and Development and Medical Education, comments: “We have been fortunate to identify three excellent candidates to lead our Safe from Suicide team and, given the importance of the work, the executive decided to appoint all three.

“Karla Wilson-Palmer brings her extensive experience from working with street triage and first response.

“Jo Hammond brings a connection with Root Cause Analysis and Schwartz Rounds which she will continue to lead.

“Anthony Reilly brings experience from the Zero Suicide work in Cornwall and his knowledge of neurodiversity.

"When fully established, the team will include representation from staff across all Trust services, people with lived experience, carers and family members.

“Much as our Infection Prevention and Control team keep us germ free, protected against flu and swoop in to control infection, our Safe from Suicide team will aim to inoculate all our staff with suicide awareness training, work with our frontline teams to implement the ‘10 ways to improve safety’ and step in to support teams when tragedy occurs.

“The leadership team will be in place from 1 November and the full team operational early next year.”