Richard Andrews unveils innovative early intervention system to drive for zero suicide

Richard Andrews unveils innovative early intervention system to drive for zero suicide

Richard Andrews, Founder and Chairman of Healios, will present alongside David Kingdon, Professor of Mental Health Care Delivery and Clinical Service Director for Adult Mental Health in Southampton, at the Suicide Prevention in our Community conference on 7th September 2016.

World-renowned experts in the field of suicide prevention will gather at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton for a one-day conference organised by Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council.

Kingdon and Andrews will speak on the topic of ‘Do we have the clinical tools to aim for zero suicide?’ Kingdon will cover latest initiatives in the areas of assessments, safety plans, communication methods and effective service delivery, while Andrews will unveil a ground breaking suicide prevention system that is due for piloting later this year.

Richard Andrews said, “We’re really excited to announce the world’s first suicide prevention system that integrates a set of novel technologies, bringing 24/7 support and early intervention to prevent someone from taking their own life. Our solution enables healthcare services to identify and deliver more effective personalised care, at the right time and right place, to reduce an individual’s risk of suicide and help get their mental health back on track. We believe that this will have a big impact on suicide prevention and look forward to featuring our new system at the Suicide Prevention in our Community conference.”

There were 6,122 suicides reported in the UK in 2014 (Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2016). Research shows that more than 90 percent of suicides and suicide attempts have been found to be associated with a psychiatric disorder (Mental Health Foundation, 2016). Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged between 20 and 49 in the UK. While men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women, suicide in women increased from 2013 to 2014 by 8.3% in the UK.