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1 Protective factors and support for suicidal people: what families need Corinda Taylor - Chairperson Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust – Dunedin https://www.facebook.com/LifeMattersOtago

2 Effects of mental illness and suicide on families  Bewilderment, helplessness, confusion, shock, heartache, devastation, distraught, upset, frustration - symptoms likened to grief  Stigma, shame and loneliness  The last taboo  “Suicide takes life without regard to age, income, education, social standing, race, or gender. Nobody is immune.”

3 Prevention: Recognising the symptoms  Changes in behaviour, personality and/or mood: not communicating  Severe weight loss / sudden weight gain  Insomnia / can’t get out of bed  Stress, loss of job, not coping at school/university  Reckless behaviour  Relationship failure  Increased or heavy use alcohol, cannabis and/or other drugs  Giving away possessions  Sadness, hopeless, helpless, anger, poor self esteem  First episode psychosis- prodrome/disorganised thinking, psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia

4 Mental health services should:  Inform families of suicidal ideation.Privacy Act 1993 Principle 10(d)(2) 11(f)(2)  Provide support/education for families – DHBs move healthcare into the community  Train staff in suicide prevention (DHBs responsibility)  Suicide prevention training to be mandated by government for key frontline staff  Include families. Blueprint 2: Dr Lynne Lane. Associate Commissioner  WHO “ families are crucial to the treatment and recovery processes of their unwell relatives” 2002  Have a good working relationship with families with understanding, empathy and compassion  When we invested in other diseases, we dramatically reduced the rates of death. If we invest in suicide prevention — we have a good chance at bringing it down

5 Postvention  Postvention = Prevention  Families left floundering/desperate need to connect with others  Families do not have contact with other bereaved –isolation  In Dunedin no support by Southern DHB or Postvention services  Should follow up to establish who is at risk – avoid contagion  Should follow up on important anniversaries  Should provide contact details and regular contact

6 Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust Dunedin Aims and Goals:  Open dialogue about causes and effects of suicide - Identify gaps  Run seminars and workshops  Facilitate suicide prevention training and education for community  Bring in speakers about cutting edge scientific research that is evidence-based  Working at regional and national level to improve prevention  LM policies according to NZ government current SP strategy and action plan  The economic cost of not caring is huge and NZ government could do more to address the problem  We support people to get the help they deserve

7 Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust Thank you to the community members and Trustees in Dunedin for making this group so successful. Cohesive communities can make a big difference. Suicide is preventable. There is help. There is hope.


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