Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners. Its founding partners include the Mayor of London, Healthy London Partnership, NHS England (London region), Public Health England and London Councils. Thrive LDN has six initial aspirations (formed with over 200 Londoners), one of which focuses on suicide prevention: ‘A Zero Suicide City’.
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How would you describe your organisation's role in contributing to the delivery of NSPA’s outcomes to reducing suicide and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide?
Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Londoners; ‘A Zero Suicide City’ is one of its six aspirations for London. Thrive LDN recognise that action in the other five aspirations would look to have a positive impact on suicide reduction. The area of suicide prevention has its own Task and Finish Group and workstream to develop specific actions around suicide prevention and reduction, with a range of members from the NHS, Public Health England (PHE), Local Authorities, the MET, British Transport Police (BTP), the Coastguard, Network Rail, the third sector and academia. Those with lived experience also play a vital role within our group, and our Co-Chair has lived experience within the area. Thrive LDN is also looking to share best practice across London in a number of areas, including support for the bereaved, and actively promotes best practice toolkits, including those focused on postvention.
For more information on Thrive LDN and our aspirations, please visit our website – www.thriveldn.co.uk
What are the current challenges to delivering NSPA’s outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
In 2015, 735 Londoners took their own lives; more than 14 people every week. Although London’s suicide rate is the lowest in England, it varies significantly across the capital. Thrive LDN are also aware that people in particular groups are at higher risk of suicide. They include young people who may have been in care, people who have been the victims of sexual or physical violence, people coming out of the armed forces, LGBT+ communities and those who have come into contact with the criminal justice system; social and economic factors also have an impact.
In all of its aspirations to improve mental health and wellbeing for all Londoners, Thrive LDN believes partnership working is paramount to creating meaningful change. Within suicide prevention, Thrive LDN particularly considers partnership working key in areas such as the data collection of suicides across London to inform methods of prevention.