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Talks begin on Lowestoft's 'Suicide Crisis Centre' in memory of power lifter

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Danny Willgoss Credit: Sue Willgoss

A workshop will discuss setting up a suicide crisis centre in Lowestoft in memory of Danny Willgoss, who took his own life last year.

The workshop is being run by Danny's mum, Sue Willgoss, whose son was only 25 when he died, and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT).

The half-day event at OrbisEnergy in Wilde Street will include a presentation by Joy Hibbins, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the charity Suicide Crisis.

She is a survivor of suicidal crisis and the author of a book published last year called "Suicide Prevention Techniques: How a Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives", which Sue has read and which inspired her to contact Ms Hibbins.

The charity already runs two "Suicide Crisis Centres" which offer a safe place to support and help people through a mental health crisis.

Since Danny's death, Mrs Willgoss has been working tirelessly to ensure that when a person is suicidal, they have somewhere they can go to seek comfort and support.

Danny Willgoss Credit: Sue Willgoss

She set up #LiftLoudForDanny in memory of Danny, who was a gym owner and much-loved powerlifter.

Mrs Willgoss said: "We see so many people in crisis who fail to get the right support at the time when they need it most. Then there is the issue of adequate follow-up care immediately after discharge and the following weeks.

Danny Willgoss Credit: Sue Willgoss

There is no crisis line for support in Waveney, nowhere for people to go and the result is that people may spend the night in an A&E department or a police cell. Those are not suitable places for those in mental health crisis."

– Sue Willgoss, Danny's Mum

Mrs Willgoss said she was concerned about high rates of mental health difficulties and suicide in people with autism. She is involved in running weekly support groups for people experiencing difficulties and their carers, which offer relaxation sessions, mindfulness, information and signposting.

The workshop on 23 May will be attended by staff from NSFT, by service users and carers and by representatives of clinical commissioning groups, the ambulance service and Norfolk and Suffolk police. Organisations taking part are welcome to have an information stall.

Liz Howlett, NSFT's Suicide Reduction Plan Implementation Lead, said: "Our Trust last year joined the Zero Suicide Alliance [ZSA], a national campaign which supports the ambition of creating a world where suicide does not exist.

The statistics show that many people who take their own life will not have tried to access mental health support so we know that if we're going to achieve our aim of zero suicides, it's not something we can do on our own - we need to work with many others."

– Liz Howlett, NSFT's Suicide Reduction Plan Implementation Lead

"We're approaching the workshop as an opportunity to learn from a successful initiative in another part of the country and to work with partners, including third sector organisations, to see if a suicide crisis centre could be established in Lowestoft."

After the workshop, Mrs Willgoss plans to establish a small working group of those who can support her work in establishing a suicide crisis centre in Waveney.