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21 Jan 2022 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

An Important Health Opportunity from the Zero Suicide Alliance



Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are offering you an exclusive training opportunity with the Zero Suicide Alliance to provide an in depth suicide awareness training session. In 30 minutes, you will gain the skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. Once you have completed the training you will be able to understand the importance of breaking the stigma surrounding suicide by encouraging open conversations about it.

Over one and a half million people nationally have already taken our training. And that’s important, and right now; probably more important than ever. Worries connected to the pandemic, such as long term illness, economic problems or social deprivation and benefits, can make people anxious, or exacerbate mental health problems. This is why we are inviting you to the ZSA online drop-in training event.

We recognise this is an extraordinary time which is why we are running these sessions online. The training will take approximately 30 minutes, there will then be an optional 30 minute opportunity to discuss any issues you may have directly with Dr Jennifer Kilcoyne and Dr Claire Iveson.

Don’t miss out on this important session!

Register here


Meet the trainers

Dr Jennifer Kilcoyne is the Clinical Director for Centre for Perfect Care, Mersey Care NHS Trust and Director for National HOPE(S) NHSE Collaborative.

As Clinical Director for the Centre for Perfect Care, Jennifer is responsible for providing clinical leadership to services across the Trust to enable them to deliver ambitious quality improvement priorities. Jennifer is also a Consultant for the World Health Organisation, delivering training and implementing service improvement in countries across Europe to reduce restrictive practice and seclusion.

Jennifer is the co-author of the HOPE(S) Model of Care to reduce long term segregation which has been developed and implemented across Health and Justice settings nationally. She consults with a number of organisations and is an expert member of a number of National Reference Groups to reduce restrictive practice across mental health, learning disability and autism services. Jennifer is a strong advocate for working in equal partnership with people who use services to deliver safe, effective and compassionate care.

Dr Claire Iveson is an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical and Strategic Lead for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Claire has worked in clinical practice in a range of settings for over twenty years.

Claire is the strategic lead for suicide prevention and safety planning at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust where she champions evidence-based initiatives and innovative practice to support suicide prevention.

Elaine Darbyshire Executive Director of Communications, Corporate Governance and Estates

Elaine was appointed to the Mersey Care in June 2013 from her previous role with NHS England where she was Director of NHS Communications for North, Midlands & East England.

From 2011-2012 she was the Director of Communications for NHS North of England, covering the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humber areas of England.

From 2009-2011 she was the Director of Strategic Communications of NHS North West. Prior to joining the NHS in 2009, she worked for Guardian Media Group’s Regional Division for 22 years in a number of posts including Marketing Director, Communications and Public Affairs Director.

Elaine is one of the founder members of the Zero Suicide Alliance and is the Executive lead and Senior Responsible Officer for the Alliance which is hosted by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.