Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

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Everyone in Greater Manchester deserves to live well. That's why our NHS organisations and councils signed a historic devolution deal with the government.

Having taken charge of our own health and social care spending, we're now working together to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the 2.8 million people living here.

We are the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

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Organisation Details

Address Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership
3 Piccadilly Place
London Road
Manchester
M1 3BN
Website www.gmhsc.org.uk
Twitter @GM_HSC
Facebook Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

The vision of the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership is that no-one will see suicide as a solution, and our ambition is that there will be no more suicides in Greater Manchester.  We are, therefore, working to reduce suicide across Greater Manchester whilst also improving the support available for those bereaved and affected by suicide.

Suicide prevention is a key priority in the mental health agenda for the Greater Manchester devolution.

A Greater Manchester approach presents an opportunity to achieve parity of access for all our residents, through a combination of a framework for action to which all boroughs can pledge their support and the potential for economies of scale when commissioning interventions for the whole of Greater Manchester.   It also allows us to promote the prevention of suicide as everyone’s business, with key stakeholders, including the media, joining forces with communities and the professionals working within them, to break the stigma surrounding suicide and to act to reduce suicide.

The Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention Executive consists of statutory and non-statutory services, voluntary sector and charity partners and includes members who have personal experience of bereavement by suicide. We are committed to working together to take forward the Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention Strategy, with the shared goal of reducing suicide across the region and this is supported by the work undertaken by the Suicide Prevention Groups in each of the ten Greater Manchester Boroughs.

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What are your current priorities?

  • To evaluate the impact of the Greater Manchester Suicide Bereavement Information Service and ensure it is bringing the most benefit to those bereaved or affected by suicide.
  • To learn from our Real Time Data Pilot and consider ways it can be developed across Greater Manchester.
  • To further promote our suicide prevention Shining a Light on Suicide campaign across Greater Manchester reaching an even wider audience, with the aim of reducing stigma and encouraging more people to undertake suicide prevention training.
  • To develop a Suicide Prevention all age training ladder to assist in the roll out & promotion of suicide prevention and suicide bereavement training.
  • To develop a referral pathway to ensure children and young people bereaved of a parent or sibling by suicide can access early support.
  • To learn from the findings of a Greater Manchester Self Harm Task & Finish Group to ensure effective pathways of support are in place.
  • To undertake a Sector Led Improvement Programme for suicide prevention locality plans.
  • To develop the knowledge and ability of organisations and services working with men at higher risk of suicide due to economic reasons to identify suicide risk and prevent suicide.
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What challenges are you currently facing?

We are currently building relationships locally with those who could share the contact details (with consent) of those bereaved by suicide so an early offer of support to them can be assured.

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