We work across communities in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to support positive mental health and wellbeing. Working closely with a range of partners, we offer a number of activities from our wellbeing centres and local venues to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of people in our communities. Our aim is to make sure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

Our vision and values are at the heart of all we do – Mind BLMK is part of the communities in which we work and it is important to us that we take this responsibility on board. Mental health is something we all have and Mind BLMK aim to ensure that everyone can get support when they need it.

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

We deliver a number of services that aim to prevent suicides and play an active part in a number of local boards and groups to influence and feedback into the local suicide prevention work with public health and ICB colleagues.

Crisis Cafés: Mind BLMK are working collaboratively with the East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) across Luton and Bedfordshire, and Central North West London Trust (CNWL) in Milton Keynes, to provide Crisis Café services for individuals in need of mental health support.
Our Crisis Cafés are safe, non-judgmental spaces that people can come to if they find themselves in crisis or mental distress in the evenings. They will be met by a trained mental health worker who will listen and help you identify ways to address the problems you are facing. They are open 5pm-11pm, 365 days a year in four locations.

Suicide Prevention Pathway Service: Through this service we aim to provide support for individuals who have mental health/wellbeing needs and may have accessed medical, clinical or emergency services. Individuals will not be at immediate risk of suicide but may need support to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Individuals will receive a detailed initial assessment of their immediate mental health needs with the Wellbeing Coordinator. Over the course of up to three appointments, individuals will work to explore their current situation and be signposted to appropriate support from specialist voluntary and community sector organisations in the local area. Individuals may also be supported to access such services, to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Bereavement by Suicide Support Service (Milton Keynes): We understand there are also many practical issues that need to be carried out after a death. These may be confusing and cause anxiety to those who have been bereaved. Mind BLMK offer support and information to help with this. The Bereavement by Suicide Support Service provides:
– Initial support
– Contact with families within 2 working days of receiving a referral into the service following a bereavement
– A named bereavement coordinator
– Contact will be made via telephone to arrange a meeting with individuals
– Information on services available in Milton Keynes
– Liaison with other services
– Follow up telephone or face to face support for individuals
– Signposting to practical support
– Information on procedures that take place when there is a death by suicide.

What are your current priorities?

– Future-proofing funding for suicide prevention and postvention services.

– Reaching as many people as possible.

– Contributing to the local 10 year suicide prevention plan including involvement of people with lived experince.

– Working with partners in the system to ensure a crisis pathway where no one falls through the gaps.

What challenges are you currently facing?


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