Henshaws are a charity supporting people living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to go beyond expectations across the North of England. At Henshaws we have been helping people find their ‘special place’ since 1987, and we hold a passionate commitment to the neighbourhood we serve.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

The role of Henshaws regarding suicide prevention and supporting those bereaved by suicide are:

– Championing trauma-informed education & development programs for organisations involved in suicide prevention

– Effectively resolving psychological trauma in individuals by using truly evidence-based and purely person-centred interventions

– Challenging the situation in UK mental health provision, which we believe is failing those enduring mental anguish, therefore resulting in unnecessary suicides

– Conducting ethical and robust research into psychological trauma in order to understand the suicide process and how we may intervene more effectively

– Deliver effective training for those who wish to have a clearer understanding and put that into practice to support service users/staff/family.

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What are your current priorities?

We plan to support any sector organisation who supports those at risk of, or those affected by suicide, by providing specialist interventions to their service users/staff, support the psychological well-being of those bereaved by suicide with the provision of our specialist mental health intervention, but also provide interventions to at risk groups.

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What challenges are you currently facing?

– Current mental health provision in the UK is not sufficient or effective

– Too much emphasis on funding  for ‘awareness’ programmes by large companies but not enough resource allocation to actual credible research into suicide and its potential cause(s)

– An increase in mental health and anxiety cases due to COVID-19.

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