​CNWL invites International Expert to meet the Grenfell Community

Published on: Monday 23 September 2019

Professor Louis Appleby, who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England, is to meet a number of people from the Grenfell Community about suicide prevention.

He said, "The Grenfell fire is such a terrible tragedy, it's vital to recognise its impact on mental health and respond to concerns that some people could be put at risk of suicide. I want to understand the risks from the viewpoint of survivors and the wider community, so that I can advise on the services and supports that are needed."

He will be starting his visits around 3 October.

Professor Appleby was invited by Claire Murdoch, CNWL’s Chief Executive.

Dr John Green, Clinical Director of the Grenfell Health & Wellbeing service said, “We appreciate Louis’s expertise enormously; we want to build and strengthen our suicide prevention work and taking this additional advice will help.”

Professor Appleby Biography

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and Director of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health. He leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.

Louis Appleby graduated in medicine in Edinburgh and subsequently trained in hospital medicine and psychiatry, the latter at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He has an MD from Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of both Physicians and Psychiatrists.

Louis leads the Centre for Mental Health and Safety, investigating suicide and self-harm, the largest research unit in this field internationally. Its findings have been the basis of Government policy on suicide prevention and are widely quoted by governments, professionals and charities. From 2000-2010 Louis was seconded as the Government's National Director for Mental Health to lead a national programme of reform in mental health care in England and from 2010-2014 he was National Clinical Director for Health and Criminal Justice. From 2013-19 he was a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission, the NHS regulator.

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Grenfell Assembly Meeting

Published on: Thursday 19 September 2019

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is inviting residents to attend the first community assembly. ‘Grenfell Community Assemblies’ will focus on different themes, depending on what residents want to discuss, and will take place every eight weeks in North Kensington.

The first theme is ‘Health and wellbeing’ and representatives of local health and wellbeing organisations have been asked to attend to take part.

For more information visit here.

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Suicide prevention training – World Suicide Prevention Day

Published on: Tuesday 10 September 2019

On World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow, health professionals are recommending that everyone should have some training in how to talk about suicide.

Dr Alastair Bailey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead at the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service recommends suicide prevention training provided online by Zero Suicide Alliance.

The 20-minute training is free, anyone can do it, and it covers things like spotting the signs, knowing what you say and how to help someone who may be distressed.

Dr Bailey believes that “asking someone about distressing thoughts and feelings, particularly when they might be thinking about ending their lives, can be difficult – but talking openly and honestly can help to save a life.”

It is important to note that it has sensitive themes that some people may find difficult. But you can do the training together with someone for support.

Find out more here.

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