The Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm Task Group. Reference Group Meeting. Thursday 8 th December 2005. Bernie McNally Director of Children’s Services and Mental Health, North & West Belfast Health & Social Services Trust; Chairperson, Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm Task Group,.
Reference Group Meeting
Thursday 8th December 2005
Director of Children’s Services and Mental Health,
North & West Belfast Health & Social Services Trust;
Chairperson, Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm Task Group,
Mary Black, HAZ Leader
Timeframe: April 05 - March 06
A Review of the evidence of effective intervention on an international, regional and local basis.
An analysis of information in order to assess levels of need in North and West Belfast.
Mapping existing practice and local initiatives currently underway/planned within North and West Belfast.Terms of Reference Task Group
The development of a local co-ordinated and integrated plan with reference to known effective interventions within an agreed timeframe to address key areas of need.
Informing and influencing the development of a regional strategy for suicide and self-harm prevention.Terms of Reference Task Group
Contributing to the creation of a supportive climate for dealing with mental health needs and the issues of suicide prevention and self- harm.
Provide a report to HAZ Council and the wider community on agreed Action Plan.
Members of the Task Group will be committed to providing advice and support to staff working to co-ordinate an effective integrated response.
1st meeting May 24th 2005Terms of Reference Task Group
Concerted effort for next period - timing is important
Final report from working groups by end December 2005
Recommendations for action need to be Specific, Realistic and Achievable
What actions are required at region and what actions can be taken locally?
Self Harm Working Group
Family Support Working Group
Schools Working Group
Vulnerable Young People
Communications Working Group
Task Group are aware of the immense responsibility in how we
respond and discuss the issues of suicide in public. This becomes
even more acute when addressing the community through the
media, whether this is local newspapers, radio or television.
We must constantly be aware of the balance between educating
our community, raising the awareness of suicide and carrying this
out in a way that will not influence anyone in taking their own life.
Therefore, we work with all identified target audiences including the
media in relation to suicide, it will be with the express intention of
educating and informing and never to sensationalise or play a role
in increasing the chances that a vulnerable individual may attempt
or commit suicide”. (Developed by the Community Response
Inform and influence the development of a Regional Strategy for suicide and self harm
Contribute to the creation of a supportive climate for dealing with mental health needs
Develop a Communications Strategy to support the Action PlanOBJECTIVES
Sub Group Members
Staff from all Groups/Organisations on the Suicide Task Group
North; West; Shankill
Young people 12 – 18 year olds
Young people 18 – 30 year olds
The 30+ age group are young gay men and women
General public – in North and West and beyond
MLA’s/Councillors x area
Health Spokesperson x party
Advisors x party
Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Permanent Secretary; Department of Health, Social Services and
Public SafetyTARGET AUDIENCE
Queen’s University Belfast
Uncover a theory-base that identifies the specific caring processes that might make a ‘difference’ to caring for the suicidal person i.e. that will inform what health care professionals can do day by day, hour by hour, minute by minuteResearch Objectives
Of the 143 deaths recorded as suicide or ‘undetermined intent’ in 2003, almost one-third (43/31%) were of men aged 15-34
A high percentage of people who die by suicide are or have been in contact with mental health servicesWhy this research?
But, very aware of need for research relevant to other groups
Overall aim is to pursue a programme of research focusing on suicide and self-harmWhy this research?
Use of quantitative methods
Valuable in exploring the epidemiology of suicide but variation in research findings
Much less attention paid to generating knowledge to improve the day-to-day, face-to-face care that vulnerable people receiveWhat do we know?
“our best route to understanding suicide is not through the study of the structure of the brain, or the study of social statistics, or the study of mental diseases, but directly through the study of human emotions described in plain English, in the words of the suicidal person’Guiding principles of the research
A substantive theory, based on an underlying understanding of the social reality of suicide and its relief, allows practical knowledge to be generated regarding what may or may not be helpfulGuiding principles of the research
Four groups of men will be involved:
Currently engaged with statutory services
Previously engaged with statutory services
Currently engaged with non- statutory services
Never engaged with servicesWhat will the research involve ?
Range of experiences will be analysed for emergent themes and eventually development of theory
Commitment to widespread dissemination of research findings
Commitment to use of research findings in the development of servicesWhat will the research involve ?
Assistant Director of Mental Health
North and West Belfast Trust
Are there any gaps?
What are the priority recommendations for regional and local level?
Mary Black, HAZ Leader