Seminars don't need pre-booking, but are first-come, first-served.

10:00am and 2:00pm The Samaritans

Find out about the big picture of suicide nationally and locally, plus what the latest research tells us about suicidal thinking and action, and what warning signs to look for.

The second session will focus on how the cycle of emotional distress affects us all, and the best way to support others who are struggling and showing signs of distress.

Chris Mills and Terry Holland are Director and Deputy Director respectively of Bury Samaritans.

10:30am Thinking Ahead - Children

Learn techniques for nurturing children to build emotional resilience, promote autonomy and organisation skills, to cultivate happiness and social cohesion in an enjoyable and exciting way.

Jean Barlow is a highly qualified and experienced teacher, consultant and trainer who has worked with school leadership teams around the world delivering her "Child2Child" programme.

11:00am Zero Suicide Alliance - A systematic approach to suicide reduction

Find out about the work that the organisation is doing to achieve culture and systemic change across the nation, and about the 20 minute online course that Zero Suicide Alliance run to help us understand more about suicide and how to deal with people at risk.

Lewis Smith-Connell is the project manager for Zero Suicide Alliance and has worked in mental health care for over 10 years. He was responsible for setting up the Lancashire Recovery College.

11:30pm Speak Their Name

The impact of a death by suicide is devastating and the effects on families and friends can be felt for many years and indeed for a lifetime. There is huge stigma still associated with this type of loss and people can be often left isolated and incredibly vulnerable. Peer support is a fundamental key to leading this very new life.

Rebecca will be speaking about the importance of peer and community support. She will be highlighting what her own group are doing in Bury and a new project that will be launched across Greater Manchester later this year that will not only raise awareness around suicide but provide support to those bereaved by suicide right across the region.

Rebecca Jackson runs 2 peer support groups in Bury for people who are bereaved by suicide. She actively campaigns for better support for families who are left behind and the need for better understanding around this subject . She runs an online craft business and is an advocate for the benefits of using art and crafts to reduce anxiety and grief. She is currently working with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership on the Suicide Memorial Quilt Project.

12:00pm Lexi Hazell

16-year-old Lexi, pupil at Woodhey High School, lost her uncle to suicide just over three years ago. She will speak about the impact this had on her and her family, how she has managed her own recovery, and how better we can understand the issues surrounding suicide.

12:30pm Laurence Dixon - Hostage Negotiator

Trained in one of the most demanding psychological and emotionally challenging roles within the police, Laurence has saved the lives of over thirty people who were either contemplating suicide, were being held hostage in armed sieges and he has also dealt with over a dozen incidents of kidnapped persons and has helped secure the release of hostages each and every time.

Laurence Dixon is a recently retired Detective Sergeant with 30yrs police service investigating homicides, major frauds, robberies, serious sexual offences, firearms and drugs supply in some of the most challenging areas of London, Liverpool and latterly Manchester.

Helping people in crisis is a passion for Laurence and he is thrilled to be able to share the benefit of his experiences this event.

1:00pm Suicide Bereavement UK

Learn about the national survey for bereaved people and how its outcome will educate professionals on how to deal with those bereaved by suicide.

Sharon McDonnell is the Managing Director of Suicide Bereavement UK and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester

1:30pm Safe and Sound

Find out loads of tips for building strong mental health and unshakeable person resilience.

Commander Russ Magnall was a founder member of the Greater Manchester Police Wellbeing Board and designed the wellbeing plan to support staff involved in the Manchester Areana bombing. Since leaving the police, Russ has created the motivational 'Safe and Sound' portfolio of training and coaching to help others.

2:30pm Papyrus UK (over 18s)

SP-ARK (Suicide Prevention – Awareness, Resources, Knowledge), a 30 minute awareness session.

Kathrine is a Community Suicide Prevention Worker and Harry is a seondary shool teacher and Champion for PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide. PAPYRUS run HOPELINEUK – a free, confidential helpline for those feeling suicidal or those concerned about someone.

Rammy Civic Hall
10am - 3pm
Sat 29th Feb
(free of Charge)

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