Supporting local suicide prevention

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In partnership with Public Health England and supported by Meadows Communications, we have launched a new practice resource for local authority public health teams to develop local suicide prevention plans.

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Taking action to reduce suicide

Our guidance Local suicide prevention planning: A practice resource directly supports the Government’s 2012 strategy for England, ‘Preventing Suicide in England: A Cross Government Outcomes Strategy to save Lives’ and the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health recommendation that all local areas have multi-agency suicide prevention plans in place by 2017, contributing to a 10 per cent reduction in suicide nationally.


It is designed to support local authority public health teams to work with a wide range of stakeholders, including clinical commissioning groups, health and well-being boards and the voluntary sector, to develop local suicide prevention plans.

The resource includes guidance on:

  • the national context for a focus on suicide prevention
  • building a partnership approach
  • making sense of national and local data
  • developing a suicide prevention strategy and action plan
  • evidence and ideas for action

Download the guidance