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Cornish Service Features at National Conference

National Suicide Prevention Conference

Three health professionals from Cornwall who specialise in suicide bereavement services have been invited to talk at a national conference in London next month (Tuesday 2nd February).

Anne Embury and Clare Heslop who provide a unique service in Cornwall commissioned by NHS Kernow for those bereaved by suicide, along with Dr Sara Roberts, consultant in public health at Cornwall Council, will all be delivering a presentation at The National Suicide Prevention Alliance’s (NSPA’s) annual conference.

The conference will open with a speech from Alistair Burt MP, minister of state for community & social care. It will bring together around 200 professionals, practitioners and people with lived experience of suicide, in order to explore innovative work, good practice and the latest research in suicide prevention.

Anne Embury, who works for Outlook South West and leads the Suicide Liaison Service in Cornwall said: “Suicide is a major issue in our society and the tragedy of someone taking their own life obviously has a huge impact on those who are left behind. We run our service for the families, friends and community members who bravely try to deal with the devastating effects of a suicide.

“As the first support service of its kind in England and Wales, it’s highly regarded as best practice, and many health professionals and experts from both this country and abroad are interested to know about the work we do.”

This year, the conference will focus on 'Empowering Communities through Collaboration'.  Anne, Clare and Dr Sara Roberts will be delivering a workshop about the geographic and demographic sensitivities of delivering a suicide bereavement service in a rural area.

Dr Roberts added: “People bereaved by suicide can have deep emotional needs as a result of their loss, and they might also need support in practical matters. This service can provide that support and can help them to access other services. It is important for people to be aware of the help they can get. It isn’t necessary to have a referral from their GP - they can call the service directly to ask for help.”

Anyone wanting more information about the Suicide Liaison Service should contact Outlook South West on (01208) 871905 or by email: help@outlooksw.co.uk