Help for those bereaved by suicide
AN NHS trust is teaming up with a suicide bereavement ambassador to help shape a new suicide prevention strategy for Surrey and northeast Hampshire.
Angela Samata presented the BAFTA nominated 2015 BBC One documentary Life After Suicide, which documents the story of her husband Mark’s suicide, as well as her journey across Britain to meet other people affected by suicide.
She is an ambassador for the charity Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and regularly speaks at conferences and events about her experience.
Jo Young, chief nursing officer and deputy chief executive at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Angela is a nationally recognised voice on suicide prevention and we are extremely pleased that she is going to be working with us. People who have experienced suicide in their families make an invaluable contribution to our understanding of people’s distress and are often at higher risk of committing suicide themselves, so it’s really important that we include the voices of those with lived experience of suicide bereavement in shaping our suicide prevention strategy.”
Angela Samata said: “I’m really excited to begin working with the trust. I have been impressed with the way the trust has endeavoured to include and engage with people such as myself who have been bereaved by suicide. I look forward to bringing my years of work in this area and lived experience of suicide bereavement to the role to support people who use trust services and their families and carers, as well as staff in co-producing new suicide prevention training.”
According to the Office for National Statistics 4,820 people were recorded as having died by suicide in England in 2015.
Jo Young added: “It is really important that anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts should seek help immediately. This could even just be talking to a friend or loved one over a cup of tea.
“Mental ill-health can stem from everyday struggles we all face, such as relationship problems, financial problems, family problems and work-related issues. If left, these can escalate and often leave people with the feeling there is no hope.
“There is always help available so don’t be afraid to be honest about how you are feeling.”