Local Suicide Prevention Resources: Case Studies & Information sheets

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The case studies below aim to share some of the many lessons learnt from initiatives across the country, while the information sheets offer more details on specific areas of suicide prevention that may be hard to locate elsewhere.

More case studies and information sheets will be added. Get in touch if you have something you'd like to share. Email: info@nspa.org.uk

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Case Studies – click the headings

Adopt a Block:  tackling social isolation

The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, through its membership of the Leeds Strategic Suicide Prevention Group, recognised that they were uniquely positioned to identify and engage with high-risk individuals during safety inspections. A pilot initiative to take advantage of these contact opportunities was launched in early 2017.

Advice on Prescription: a practical service for vulnerable people in touch with health services

South Liverpool Citizens Advice provide a social treatment option for primary care teams, enabling direct referrals from GPs and mental health professionals to help address the more practical and social issues faced by patients.

Beyond Health: integrating suicide prevention in the West Midlands

Policing and health services have come together to provide street triage and liaison and diversion from custody services, changing how mental health is thought about and providing an integrated pathway, ensuring vulnerable people in contact with police see mental health nurses.

Real-time suicide surveillance systems: a resource pack

Having access to timely data on suicide is crucial for recognising themes and patterns. This resource pack has been prepared by Thames Valley Police and PHE for coroners, police, local authority public health teams and others who are involved in suicide prevention work.

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Working with coroners

Explaining the role of a coroner in relation to a suicide; the purpose of an inquest, what records are available and how they can be used.

Evaluating suicide prevention activity

Professor David Gunnell, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol offers ideas on monitoring and evaluating suicide prevention activity.

Socioeconomic deprivation and suicidal behaviour

This document looks at the various socioeconomic disadvantages that increase the risk of stress, negative life events, and a rise in suicide risk; as well as the steps that can be taken to address this increased risk.