Gaps in suicide prevention planning putting vulnerable people at risk
A survey of local authorities in England by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Suicide and Self-harm Prevention (APPG) found that around 30 per cent do not have a local suicide prevention action plan, around 40 per cent do not have a multi-agency suicide prevention group and around 30 per… Read More
Affordable charging for helplines under threat?
Helplines Partnership continues to have concerns about the impact of the changes to non-geographic numbers which take effect in June 2015. Helplines face the threat of price rises on free to call numbers being introduced as future pricing information has not yet been made available to the sector. Ofcom previously… Read More
The Phone Call: An Oscar winning helpline story?
A short film encompassing a challenging helpline call is up for an Oscar in the Short Films Category. The Phone Call is a compelling 20 minute film directed by Mat Kirkby covering the conversation between Heather, a helpline worker on a crisis line played by Sally Hawkins, and Stan, an… Read More
Young people face barriers to accessing support for mental health
Parliamentary report finds that Children and Young People face multiple barriers to accessing support at a local level. A major report on mental health and children and young people has been published by the Health Select Committee (HSC), as part of its enquiry into child and adolescent mental health services…. Read More
Our first Helpline Awards were spectacular!
If you read my blog before the Helpline Awards ceremony on 7 November 2014, you know it was full of excitement and eager anticipation as the day approached. Through the awards, we wanted to celebrate and show everyone how valuable helplines really are. We had an excellent response and I… Read More