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Supporting people bereaved by suicide in Lancashire and South Cumbria

26th February 2019

Suicide_Prevention_Gap_Analysis_workshop_discussion.jpgSupport for people bereaved by suicide is one of three national areas of focus that have been prioritised in the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Suicide Prevention Plan, along with Reduction in Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention in Middle Aged Men.

Working in partnership and through co-production, we have been making great progress in Lancashire and South Cumbria on the Bereaved by Suicide project. Following a series of insightful and productive events with stakeholders and people bereaved by suicide, the project is now entering a very interesting phase and we are ready to start piloting a number of support elements in early 2019.

A gap analysis workshop last October attended by providers of support services across the five Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) identified that, while various support services for people bereaved by suicide are available:

  • Not everyone knows about them
  • They are focused on immediate support (before 12 hours) and postponed support (after 72 hours)
  • They vary greatly across the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) footprint
  • There are generally long waiting lists to access the support.

Following the cross-sector workshop, we then ran a series of focus groups, engaging with over 25 people who had been bereaved by suicide - from immediate family to colleagues, friends and carers. We held two focus groups in each ICP, where participants were briefed on the findings from the gap analysis then given tasks that kept them all ‘talking while doing’. The atmosphere during all the groups was very positive and people really appreciated having the opportunity to inform change for others.

The information and learning we gained from these people is immeasurable. Their stories touched everyone and their experiences have helped shape the outcomes of the project.

Collectively, the group created 82 ‘Big Ideas’ that they felt would have helped them. We have since condensed these into:

  • Eight separate themes, creating
  • 30 different support elements to be explored, generating
  • 9 pilot projects being put forward for funding to start in March 2019.

What happens next?

We will be holding five community feedback sessions in March and April, one in each ICP, to update you all on our Suicide Prevention work and how you can get involved.

Book your place

The community feedback sessions are open to anyone in the community who would like to know what is happening and how to get involved. Everyone is welcome, and particularly representatives from community groups, sports clubs, social activities and faith groups.

To book onto your local community feedback session, please follow the instructions on our event flyer.

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