Leadership Matters Conversations – Suicide Prevention ‘Reach Out, Save a Life’

tw – session features discussions about the topic of suicide

On Tuesday 2 November, the Leadership Matters Conversations series continues with an incredibly important session on Suicide Prevention. Entitled ‘Reach Out, Save a Life’, we welcome colleagues Lisa Pearson and Paul Flecknoe, as well as Keith Waters, who is an Honorary Research Fellow (Self-Harm/Suicide Prevention) at the Centre for Research and Development, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

To sign up for our first November session, please follow this link.

People often assume talking about suicide will make the problem worse, and that only people with highly specialist training can help someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. In fact, the opposite is true, and everyone has a role to play in helping to reduce deaths by suicide and the stigma that surrounds it. This session will provide an overview of our current understanding around suicide and its prevention, including some of the work that has taken place locally and nationally to support this. Our aim is that, by the end of the session, participants feel more confident to reach out to someone else who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts.


Dr Paul Flecknoe is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology and Psychological Therapies in Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Paul has an extensive clinical background in adult mental health services, and for the past 5 years has co-ordinated the suicide prevention strategy in NHFT. Paul is also a trained STORM facilitator (suicide prevention skills training) and provides teaching on suicide prevention for the Leicester Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology.

Keith Waters has over 40 years of experience in self-harm and suicide prevention. In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship by Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and led the Derby site of the Multicentre Study of self-harm in England for many years. Previously Keith was the Clinical Director for self-harm and suicide prevention for DHCFT and has a seat on the National Suicide Prevention Alliance steering group. An experienced trainer, facilitator, developer, and presenter, including for several national training providers, Keith is joint author on published research works and chapters in clinical textbooks on self-harm and suicide prevention, along with contributing to policy and practice guidance development. For a number of years he held the Regional Suicide Prevention Managers role for the East Midlands, then was the Clinical Advisor for Suicide Prevention with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network. Both roles brought Keith in close contact with Northamptonshire – a connection that has been maintained and sustained to this day. Most recently, alongside the work with DHCFT, Keith joined STORM as a non-executive director and leads a steering group reviewing their training.

By |2021-11-05T14:13:41+00:00October 26th, 2021|Featured, News, Workforce|Comments Off on Leadership Matters Conversations – Suicide Prevention ‘Reach Out, Save a Life’

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