Recovery Focus, the national group of mental health and substance use charities, is supporting the fifth annual Suicide Bereavement conference in Manchester.
The event brings together academics, authors and leading public health figures to share their research and experience of suicide to promote support for families bereaved by suicide.
Derek Caren, group chief executive of Recovery Focus, said:
“We’re incredibly proud to support this vitally important conference. We all have a role to play in reducing the number of suicides and improving support for those affected by suicide and we’re proud to be member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.
“Throughout the country we operate services for people living with mental health and substance use problems and work with them on their recovery. A number of people using our services do so as a result of having suicidal thoughts and we work every day to support these people through their crisis and back to a place of mental wellbeing.”
Recovery Focus operates a number of crisis houses through its partner Richmond Fellowship which provides direct intervention for people experiencing a crisis. With over 10% of people accessing crisis services as a result of experiencing suicidal thoughts, they provide a vital intervention that can avoid people needing to go to hospital.
Recovery Focus will be operating a stand at the conference to share its crisis model with delegates and to show the positive results that voluntary sector services can have on people experiencing a mental health crisis.