Can Do Heath & Care - Thinking Differently Together August 2021

Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) 1. Introduction Online event Wednesday 04 August 2021 ‘Thinking Differently Together’ about… Suicide Suicide has an incalculable impact, not just on the person, but on their family, friends, and the entire community. In Suffolk and north east Essex we believe that this is such an important agenda because we believe that every death by suicide is actually preventable. We have to make it easier for a person to seek help than for a person to take their own life: We know we need to improve mental health; encourage open, honest, discussion; tackle stigma; and to break down myth and misconceptions. The question is how can we make a difference as a system, as health and care partners, and how do we get to that greater understanding including the perspective of those that have lived experience? Sue Willgoss, co-chair for the event and founder of #LiftLoudForDanny, which was established in 2018 following the death of her son Danny. Daniel, known as Danny to his friends, was just 25 years old when he died on Father’s Day in June 2018. He was a son, a brother, a father, grandson, cousin, nephew, gym owner and champion powerlifter who had represented England in the four nations in 2017. He was a friend and colleague to so many people. Sue, along with two of her other sons found Danny the night he died. She sat with him and promised him that she would make change – it was from this that #LiftLoudFor Danny was formed. Its aims include raising awareness, improving outcomes and promoting positive wellbeing; it also runs several community groups to provide support for those with mental health difficulties and their carers. Sue explained how Daniel never had the services he ought to have had and how she has used her story and experiences to push for change. This led to Sue becoming an advisor for suicide prevention with lived experience for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, work that has changed her life. Daniel was autistic – another area of need for those with suicidal ideation and self-harm tendency, and he had also suffered a head injury in a motorbike accident in 2010 and had an educational healthcare plan with which there were issues. There were lots of things that impacted on his life that meant he didn’t have the best possible outcomes that he had the potential to achieve – this links into Sue’s current work. Sue is also an influencer for the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, who provide support for those with lived experience to tell their story. Sue Willgoss 1 | Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System

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