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Our Work

Families and individuals bereaved by suicide are at the heart of everything we do. We represent the voices of those who live with the reality of suicide everyday of their lives.

We value life and everyone’s right to have that life protected

Every member of the Families Voices Forum shares responsibility for success of our work as a body. Success is underpinned by the active commitment of each and every member taking responsibility.

We focus on those critical area that will bring about the greatest improvement and change in services, support and hope for those bereaved by suicide.

We will be creative and innovative and challenge accepted norms and ways of doing things

We will seek to be collaborative in everything we do with all the necessary agencies and organisations

Together we can make a change

 

Have we made a difference?

Training for all Emergency Department frontline staff.

• Relevant accessible training has now being devised for front line staff in Emergency Departments and is presently being rolled out on a regional basis. The Families Voices Forum will continue to lobby relevant organisations with regard to participation and effectiveness.

• Regional Emergency Department Mental Health and Self-Harm care pathway has been established.

• Regional Emergency Department Mental Health and Self-Harm care pathway for persons under 18 has been established.

• Publication of ‘Caring for someone who has self-harmed or had suicidal thoughts’ – This booklet has now been included in the Regional Emergency Department Mental Health and Self Harm care pathway.

• All our concerns have been highlighted with various MLA’s and we will continue to lobby government & relevant strategic bodies to ensure effective s & self-harm polices are implemented.


‘Quiet Room’ or ‘Safe Place’ to be available within A&E departments, so that persons who are presenting due to self-harm or suicide ideation have an ‘environment that is safe, supportive and minimises any distress….with supervision and regular contact with a named member of staff to ensure safety’ as recommended by the NICE CG16.

• Still does not exist- Continue to lobby at consultations, strategic bodies to highlight this need.

• We have recently been informed that the need for a safe place will be taken into consideration in the redesign of Altnagelvin Emergency Department.

• A further £354,000 during 13/14 to further enhance specific services to provide such an environment.

• Although this is a small step we see it as a major positive that this aspect is now in discussions.


Standardised postvention support for families / individuals bereaved by suicide across Northern Ireland.

• The Families Voices Forum are represented on the implementation group responsible for this (SD1/CRP). This representation has allowed for those bereaved to inform relevant organisation of concerns they had.

• Consequently several changes were made including:

  –  Changes to the original SD1 document.
  –   Signposting resources being made available to all PSNI officers

• Emotional Intelligence training to be rolled out to all PSNI officers

Lobbying Aims

The Families Voices Forum have agreed lobbying aims for the incoming year, they are to:

• We continue hold relevant organisations to account over training for all Emergency Department frontline staff. This is achieved over the monitoring of numbers of staff trained and ensuring the training delivered is evaluated in accordance with relevant standards.

• We continue to lobby the need for a ‘Quiet Room’ or ‘Safe Place’ to be available within A&E departments, so that persons who are presenting due to self-harm or suicide ideation have an ‘environment that is safe, supportive and minimises any distress….with supervision and regular contact with a named member of staff to ensure safety’ as recommended by the NICE CG16.

• The Forum continue to highlight the need for standardised postvention support for families / individuals bereaved by suicide across Northern Ireland.

• The Families Voices Forum will continue to input into the new Suicide Prevention Strategy for Northern Ireland ‘Protect Life 2’ to ensure that we have an environment that is conducive to our populations needs for those in crisis.


Who can join the Families Voices Forum?

Any individual who has been bereaved by suicide (Family and friends)


Why Join?

To Champion, Challenge, Improve and Lead Change within Suicide and Self-Harm Policy and Services.

To nurture a legacy of hope and support

To Champion the right of those bereaved by suicide to ensure access to professional levels of care and support.



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