Endorse automatic referral to support for people bereaved by suicide #S.A.F.E.R. Campaign

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People who are close to someone who has died by suicide are an especially vulnerable group. Research shows they can be up to 3 times more likely to attempt to take their own lives and suffer other long term health issues. For more information please read our Report:https://issuu.com/ppr-org/docs/safer_report_sept_2016

The NI Department of Health's Protect Life 2’s recommendations for services to bereaved family and friends include  effective and timely services and information for bereaved families as well as support to help them influence policy and practice around bereavement by suicide.Protect Life 2 also notes that an estimated 16,500 people here were intensely affected by suicide between 2005 and 2014, with around 165,000 deeply affected; since 1970, the estimates rise to 42,000 people intensely affected by suicide and 10 per cent of the entire population of Northern Ireland, profoundly affected . 

We want to make improvements to the current system which refers people bereaved by suicide to support services. The Public Health Agency NI is making important decisions about the current referral system over the next 2 months so it is URGENT that the calls for change by people bereaved by suicide are heard. For this reason we would ask you to consider supporting us by signing our petition.

The Mental Health Rights Campaign is a network of people campaigning  to improve mental health services. We have personal or family experience of mental health issues and suicide/self-harm and are supported by human rights organisation PPR ( Participation and the Practice of Rights).

The S.A.F.E.R. Campaign (Support Automatically For Everyone Referred) offers simple changes which were identified by family members themselves. These are:

1. An automatic referral to support as families have told us that they aren't ready to decide about support in the immediate aftermath of a suicide. The change would take the present  'opt in' system to an 'opt out' one.

2. A new automatic referral system to those who have family members admitted to hospital following a suicide attempt and later die  there. Currently there is no pathway to support for these families.

3. A long term goal of referral to the Coroner's Office for bereavement support similar to a successful Australian model which provides sensitive, streamlined and effective responses.

For further information email:stephanie@pprproject.org Tel: 028 90313315

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