Launch of the South West Zero Suicide Collaborative

8th October 2014, Exeter Great Hall

‘Viewing the unlikely as possible’    
‘excellent speakers. Clear information and useful to take back to others’     
‘inspiring that we can do this     
‘meeting people from so many organisations and areas of support’     
‘the evidence is compelling. We must fix services to meet the challenges      
‘the range of agencies involved is impressive’      
‘meeting others, sharing ideas and enthusiasm      
‘linking with other agencies’      
‘being reminded that things can be done to reduce suicides

At the launch event:

Dr Adrian James introduced the ideas and aspirations of the South West Zero Suicide Collaborative. Funding has been found for one year, enabling us to take first steps towards our goal. read more – presentation to follow

We watched a video clip of Dr Ed Coffey (who had led the Detroit initiative) in video conference with our Reference Group in Sept this year. read more

We heard moving stories from a number of people with lived experience either as survivors of suicide attempts, or as a friend, family member or carer of someone who had attempted suicide

Dr Trish Woodhead, Improvement Advisor to the project, introduced us to ideas behind the question ‘How reliable are we?’, and talked of her experience using this model in other health care settings read more

Dr Louis Appleby, Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group, gave us an overview of evidence emerging from analysis of non accidental deaths over the past 25 years, and ways in which this knowledge can inform our interventions. read more – presentation to follow

Participants joined with others from across the region to focus on one of the six key areas for intervention, and then with multiagency colleagues from their local areas to begin to think about areas to focus on in their localities.

We introduced the forthcoming learning events, which will take place in January, April and June 2015. Click here for more information