More support for those affected by suicide

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Published at 11:54am 18th July 2019. (Updated at 11:55am 18th July 2019)

It's one of the hardest things that any family has to deal with.

Which is why those who have lost a loved one to suicide can now get more support.

Jenni Carvey has been appointed as a family liaison officer for the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

The role is brand new at NSFT, and comes as part of the Trust's commitment to reducing suicides while also providing better support to loved ones after someone has taken their own life

Jenni will work across both counties, offering a listening ear to families, answering their questions, supporting them through the inquest and signposting them to charities and other groups which could help.

She brings extensive knowledge to the post after previously working as an Occupational Therapist supporting end-of-life patients and their families in north Norfolk.

Jenni also has personal experience of dealing with trauma following the murder of her long-term partner 13 years ago.

"I want to use my own experience of going through a traumatic grieving process to help others who have suffered a sudden loss.

I understand the way they are feeling and some of the anxieties they may be facing as I know what it is like for someone you love to be there one minute and gone the next."

Jenni will offer support to families where the person who has taken their own life is an NSFT service user, on the Trust's waiting lists or has been discharged within the last six months.

That support will continue for as long as the family wishes, including throughout the investigation and inquest process.

"I am looking forward to getting started and really hope that I can make a difference and have a positive impact at what is an incredibly difficult time for those left behind.

The Trust is really determined to get this right. Suicide is already incredibly traumatic for the family, so making sure families are given the right support afterwards is vital."

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NSFT has placed an increased focus on suicide since 2017, when its Suicide Prevention Strategy was launched.

The Trust has also joined the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA), which is a coalition of NHS organisations, emergency services, councils, charities, large employers and community groups who all support the ambition of creating a world where suicide does not exist.


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