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Free event to help carers and families protect vulnerable people in their care

PUBLISHED: 09:27 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:27 25 January 2018

Howard Tidman, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust governor. Picture: NSFT.

Howard Tidman, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust governor. Picture: NSFT.

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A free event is being held to help carers and families prevent vulnerable people in their care from dying by suicide.

The Suicide Prevention Workshop: Supporting Carers and Families will take place at The Involve Centre in Pinbush Close, Lowestoft on Saturday, February 3.

The event is being run by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), Feedback and Carers Matter Norfolk, and will offer advice to carers and families on how to look after themselves as well as giving carers a chance to feedback what support they would find most useful.

NSFT governor Howard Tidman said: “Suicide can be devastating for those left behind, and it can be distressing when a loved one makes an attempt on their life.

“Sometimes carers, friends and family members just don’t know what to do or where to turn, and often the carers themselves need some support, or simply some guidance on how to look after themselves.

“That’s what we hope to offer at this event, as well as hear from carers what help they think would be most beneficial to them.”

The event will run from 11.30am to 3pm and people are welcome to just turn up on the day.

Liz Howlett, NSFT’s suicide reduction plan implementation lead, said: “We all have a responsibility to create a culture in which people can talk freely about their feelings and seek the help they need before they reach the point where suicide seems the only option.

“By recognising the signs of distress, and treating everyone around us with respect, we can help to prevent suicide.

“But it is also vital that carers, friends and family who have experienced suicide or attempted suicide by a loved one know where to find the support they need and how to look after themselves.”

To find out more about the Suicide Prevention Workshop, contact Mr Tidman on 07557290169, email howard.tidman@nsft.nhs.uk. Alternatively contact Kevin Vaughan from Carers Matter Norfolk on 07747777243 or email kevin.vaughan@carersmatternorfolk.org

Anyone who is concerned that someone may be suicidal should encourage them to get help by seeing their GP, therapist or a counsellor or contacting the Samaritans on 116 123.

People can also self-refer to the wellbeing service for additional support by visiting www.wellbeingnands.co.uk or calling 0300 123 1503.


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