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Preventing Suicide: A Tenacious Approach To Saving Lives. Talk by alumna Joy Hibbins, Founder and CEO of Suicide Crisis

Date & time: 
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - 2:00pm
Jarvis Doctorow Hall

Preventing Suicide: A Tenacious Approach To Saving Lives

Talk by alumna Joy Hibbins, Founder & CEO of Suicide Crisis

Joy will be introduced by Vivien Isaac an alumna of St Edmund Hall, a former registered mental health nurse and the former Co-Clinical Coordinator of an NHS Psychological Therapies Service. She is one of the advising clinicians to the charity, and supervises some of the team.

Other speakers: a male client who accessed help from the Suicide Crisis Centre. He explains what led to his crisis and why he survived. 

Salim Razak, Consultant Psychiatrist, is an additional guest speaker.

Joy set up a Suicide Crisis Centre in 2013 after her own suicidal crisis in the previous year. She found that the available services didn’t work for her and it was clear that a very different kind of care was needed for people in crisis. 

Suicide Crisis is a registered charity, which runs a Suicide Crisis Centre and a Trauma Centre. They have been providing services for over three years and have never had a suicide of a client under their care.

A high percentage of their clients are men, despite the widely-held perception that men find it more difficult to seek help.

In recent months, the Suicide Crisis Centre has been featured on Sky News, BBC Breakfast TV News, the BBC TV 6 o’ clock news and in national and international newspapers. The charity has also presented to the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group at the request of the Government’s adviser on suicide, and at an event, which focused on zero suicide, at the request of the National Lead on Suicide Prevention at Public Health England. The SW Zero Suicide Collaborative’s steering group, to whom they also presented, described their work as “inspirational” and “extraordinary”. 

This event is open to the general public, students and staff of the university, alumni, professionals who work with people who are at risk of suicide and professionals with an interest in suicide prevention.

As well as the content of the talks being of general interest, Joy hopes that the event may also create interest in having a similar Suicide Crisis Centre in Oxford.

Refreshments will be provided. Please register your attendance by emailing sally.smith@seh.ox.ac.uk.