World Suicide Prevention Day

For World Suicide Prevention Day we asked our Early Help Teams to explain how they are always there for people...


“Working with people who may be feeling suicidal is an all too common theme in our casework in Early help. Our Engagement Workers are experts in engaging with people and understanding the root causes of presenting problems. They are skilled in supporting with a wide range of issues which commonly cause distress to people and can, in some circumstances, be the root cause of suicidal behaviour.


Our staff work closely with colleagues in Oldham’s mental health services to ensure services are at the right level and to support clients to navigate the system. They help clients tackle the practical issues that may be contributing to their feelings of helplessness for example unemployment, relationship issues, debt and finance worries, housing issues, social isolation and loneliness, drawing on strong partnerships with other agencies to ensure a joined-up approach. Our engagement workers also support the families and loved ones of the person in crisis - ensuring they are involved in safety planning for example, so they can take action and not feel helpless whilst benefitting from emotional support themselves.


Since Spring 2019 we have been partners in the delivery of the Safe Haven at Royal Oldham Hospital along with TOGMIND and Pennine NHS trust. We have a team of six engagement workers who work shifts in the Safe Haven, supporting people who have presented at A&E as suicidal. Each person is offered an appointment and quite often these appointments lead to Early Help casework to address the issue causing the distress. Over two hundred men and women with ages ranging from late teens to mid-60s have been referred to us via the Safe Haven, over half of them have been escalated to Early Help.


Our teams are well supported with this work which can be time consuming and emotionally draining. We have resources to draw on to help us work with people who are suicidal, specific training has been taken up across the staff team, there is peer support and regular supervision, and excellent relationships with our colleagues in local mental health services. As one of our team says:


“Suicide is a permanent response to a temporary problem. Talking through the problem WILL help and lessen the pain you are experiencing, you can get through this.”

COVID19 - Greater Manchester young people's survey

We are supporting the COVID19 - Greater Manchester young people's survey, which has been developed by young people’s substance misuse workers to help them better understand and respond to the needs of young people who access their services during the COVID-19 lockdown.

We want to better understand how lockdown is affecting access to drugs and alcohol, and what young people’s support needs are. Young people’s participation in this survey, and the answers they give, will help us to understand the issues, and will help us to improve the support offered. We will not collect any personal information (such as name, address or telephone number); we simply want to know how things are changing and how services might be developed or improved to better meet young people’s needs at this time.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 30th June. You can access the survey here:

https://mmu.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9AXSmwNeLjnhjCt

You can access our Integrated Health services here:

https://www.positive-steps.org.uk/services-for-children-and-young-people/integrated-health

Oldham Class of 2020 - Progression Survey Results

Oldham Class of 2020! Thanks so much for taking the time to complete our survey, we have loved hearing from you!

You can see the results of the survey here. We had almost 500 responses which is fantastic and you gave us lots of invaluable feedback.

We have taken your responses, comments and suggestions and used them to create this Good Practice Guide, which all local college, sixth forms and training providers have had access to. This has informed their enrolment processes and will hopefully mean that you will now move smoothly into your Post 16 destination.

Please do check out education provider websites which include lots of information, support and videos to help you and answer your questions. Don’t forget that you can contact us for support and guidance, your school Career Adviser would love to hear from you – or you can call our helpline on 0161 621 9300 or e-mail us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ULTIMATE PRODUCTS – HELPING POSITIVE STEPS TO HELP OLDHAM YOUNG CARERS

Throughout the pandemic we’ve been working with an Oldham company ‘Ultimate Products’ who have done some amazing work in supporting us to provide household products for families in need. 

As they’ve learnt about our work the situation that our young carers are in really touched them, and they discussed how they could help make a difference.  As a result,  they are now purchasing tablets to give as gifts to eligible Oldham Young Carers, to help them stay connected with school, family and friends.  We have identified the young people who will benefit and are in the process of delivering the first twenty this week.

The young people who have received them so far are absolutely delighted.  We’ll be collecting feedback next week, and if it is making a difference to the young people’s lives, Ultimate Products have agreed to get us up to eighty more! 

Andrew Gossage, Managing Director at Ultimate Products - “Whilst coronavirus has a huge impact upon the lives of everyone, the feelings of isolation and loneliness are felt even more so by these young carers, who would usually rely upon school and community groups to socialise with friends. COVID-19 has put a stop to that, and we wanted to make sure that those within our community who are working incredibly hard and doing extraordinary things at such young ages, are supported and don't feel on their own. These tablets will hopefully provide a way for them to easily interact with caseworkers, school and of course their friends to have some fun!

About Oldham Young Carers - https://www.positive-steps.org.uk/services-for-children-and-young-people/oldham-young-carers

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