Part II: Suicide prevention & managing your wellbeing
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Online | 11am - 12pm | Free
In the second part of a two-part series on emerging health care issues, we will be looking at the risk of suicide for people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, how best to support them, and how to look after your own wellbeing in the process.
According to the Office of National Statistics suicides among people who are homeless increased by 30.2% in one year. Suicides grew from 86 estimated deaths in 2018 (11.8% of the total number for estimated deaths of people who are homeless), to 112 estimated deaths in 2019 (14.4%). While figures are yet to be released for 2020, given the increased pressure on mental health during the pandemic, we understand that last year will likely have again seen a rise in suicides among people who are homeless. This webinar, therefore, takes a vital look at how to support clients’ mental health.
In addition to this tragic increase in deaths, supporting people in distress who are feeling suicidal is in itself difficult and distressing. This webinar will therefore also provide essential tools for both frontline workers and managers for coping with suicides both in services and on the streets.
It will be delivered by expert practitioners in mental health and homelessness, Niamh Brophy, Homeless Palliative Care Coordinator for Greater Manchester and Dr Colm Gallagher, Clinical Psychologist, Manchester Homeless Mental Health Team. They will cover:
How to support the mental health of clients and help prevent it from deteriorating and risking suicide.
How to ensure the resilience of staff to cope with suicides – in services and on the streets.
Resources that frontline staff and managers may find useful.