Helplines in the wider health sector
HLP recently represented helplines at two health sector events:
Mental Health: Forward Thinking – The Implementation Plan
Speakers from Mental Health Foundation, NHS England and the Mental Health Task for England among others discussed commissioning for improved access to 24/7 crisis resolution and liaison mental health services for all ages. High on the agenda was also the role of community based services and how co-production can be a key principle for local areas to follow when developing their plans, involving services, families and carers. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and other presentations from the event can be found here.
National Suicide Prevention Alliance Conference 2017
Helplines Partnership is a member of the NSPA an alliance of public, private and voluntary organisations in England who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take individual and collective action to reduce suicide and support those bereaved or affected by suicide. Last month’s third national conference - Suicide prevention: the changing conversation, featured a wide range of contributors.
Local authorities are expected to have a suicide prevention strategy in place and NSPA has produced guidance for local authorities The voluntary sector, wider networks and helplines working in the field are well placed to contribute to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health recommendation that all local areas have multi-agency suicide prevention plans in place by 2017, contributing to a 10 per cent reduction in suicide nationally.