Hackney has a comparatively young and ethnically diverse population, is densely populated and has high levels of deprivation, even in comparison to many other London boroughs. Healthy life expectancy is significantly below the national average and levels of diagnosed serious and common mental health problems are among the highest in London.
Although deprived, the borough also has considerable assets in both its physical and community resources. Hackney has historically been a borough that welcomes people from all walks of life and all parts of the globe and this is reflected in the vibrant voluntary and community sector.
Mental health and suicide prevention are both priorities in Hackney and a range of work is being undertaken to improve outcomes in these areas. This includes but is not limited to:
- Working with frontline services to improve the experience for residents and support and signposting offered
- Improving the support offered to people who have been bereaved or impacted by suicide
- Reviewing suicides when they have taken place to identify any possible learning for future prevention
- Providing joined up support to people identified as being most at risk.
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How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
We work to our suicide prevention strategy and action plan.
We help to facilitate the response following a suicide and also review the circumstances of the death to identify learning.
We work with other partners to try and engage and involve them in the suicide prevention agenda.
What are your current priorities?
Response to suicides, using the data provided via the new Thrive database, including providing support to those impacted.
Improving identification of those at risk of suicide and the support offer provided to them.
What challenges are you currently facing?
We are currently facing a lack of resources, with a shortage both internally and among partners.
Another challenge for us is due to the fact that most people who need support following a suicide are not Hackney residents.