Help for those be­reaved by sui­cide

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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.”

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