World Suicide Prevention Day virtual events

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Wednesday 10 September, we are holding a series of virtual suicide prevention events for our staff, stakeholders and the public throughout the next four weeks – from Monday 7 September to World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

The next event is on Wednesday 23 September, entitled Zero Suicide Ambitions when we will be joined by James Holland and Raili Frost from NHS England and NHS Improvement. More details about this session can be found below.

Monday 7 September – 13:00-14:00
Launch event  – Suicide prevention: it’s everyone’s business

Sally Morris, Chief Executive, EPUT
Liz Farrell, HR Service Manager, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Elaine Darbyshire, Executive Director at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Zero Suicide Alliance

This MS Teams live event will launch the Trust’s suicide prevention activities to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health Day (10 October). Use this link to watch a recording of the event. You can also read Liz’s story in a blog post.

Our Chief Executive Sally Morris will introduce the month long programme of events raising the awareness of suicide prevention. She will be followed by  Liz Farrell who lost her  husband to suicide. We will also hear from Elaine Darbyshire who will share her expertise as a founding member of the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA), a collaboration of NHS trusts, charities, business and individuals known for providing resources and training that make suicide awareness and prevention accessible to anyone. The launch event will conclude with a Q&A session where attendees will be invited to ask Sally and our speakers questions about suicide prevention.

Monday 14 September – 14:00-15:00
Learning from military veterans and mental health


Janet Wood, Non-Executive Director, EPUT (session chair)
David Powell, Regional Lead, Veterans Transition, Liaison and Intervention Service, EPUT
Mandy Small, sharing her story of losing her husband to suicide

This event will cover the mental health needs of military veterans including associated risks of suicide, what to look out for, how to help, available support and access. Mandy Small, who served in the RAF Police for 12 years, will share her experiences of losing her husband, who was in the forces, to suicide. The session will explore lessons that can be drawn from the experiences of military veterans and how this learning can be applied to suicide prevention. Use this link to watch a recording of the event.

Wednesday 23 September – 14:00-15:30
Zero Suicide Ambitions

James Holland, Transformation Programme Manager for Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Urgent and Emergency Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Raili Frost, National Mental Health Policy Team, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Dr Nuruz Zaman, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Clinical Governance, EPUT.

MS Teams live session. Use this link to watch a recording of the event.

The session will give an overview of the NHS’ zero suicide ambition and transformation plan as well as consider the inpatient zero suicide ambition for mental health providers. It will explore the aims and challenges in improving care for patients and service users. The session will look at key approaches to meeting the ambition.

For copies of slides used in our public virtual suicide prevention events please send an email