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FPOP Presents: Self Harm and Older People

15 February 2022 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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The NICE Guidance (2011) states that ‘All people 65 and over who self-harm should be assessed by mental health professionals experienced in the assessment of older people who self-harm

Older people who self-harm are at 67 times greater risk of suicide than the general older population and three times greater than the relative risk of suicide among younger people who self-harm (The University of Manchester, 2012)

Despite this elevated risk Only 12% of over 65s who self-harm are referred to mental health services within 12 months of their initial self-harm episode.  

The Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention Programme Board has recognized this and is committed to addressing this.

It is building of the work of ‘the shine a light on suicide’ campaign and working with the greater Manchester older peoples’ network to co-produce an awareness campaign Greater Manchester Older people’s mental health and self-harm awareness campaign 


  • To share information about older people who may self-harm
  • To share the learning from the GM campaign (hopefully with GM OP Network and Shine a light on suicide campaign) 
  • To have a focus group of professionals – thinking about
    • The challenges for older people – e.g. language and stigma 
    • The challenges for staff to ‘hear’ 
    • Think about what would be required to train others in health and social care 

Learning outcomes:

  • A brief introduction to self-harm and older people 
  • The myths 
  • The NICE Guidance and 8C’s
  • More about co-production 

Target audience: clinical psychologists, mental health workers, service managers and those working with older adults or having an interest in the area.


11:00 - 11:05


11:05 - 11:40 Speaker Presentations
11:40 - 11:50  Q&A
11:50 - 12:30  Focus group 
12:30  Close


Polly Kaiser 

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Polly has worked with people with older people and carers since 1984; first, as a researcher in England and France, and then as a clinical psychologist. She was the National Lead for Mental Health in later life at the Department of Health (2009-2011) National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU) She was a founding director or the National Life Story Network (CIC).  She is a consultant clinical psychologist in Pennine Care. She is currently chair of the Greater Manchester older people’s clinical reference group which is supporting the CMHT transformation work. She is currently on the FPOP psychological therapies workstream group. She has a track record of co-production working alongside older people.

More to be announced


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BPS Concession & Student Member £10.00

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Non-BPS Member £60.00

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