Last week we submitted our response to NICE’s (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) consultation on suicide prevention quality standards. We were very pleased to see that NICE have taken on board the comments from ourselves and our members in drafting the quality standards, particularly in relation to: the inclusion of people with lived experience on local multi-agency groups; more use of real-time surveillance; supporting professionals to ask about involving family or carers when someone is feeling suicidal; and better support for those bereaved by suicide.
The key areas we believe could be improved in the draft quality statements are:
- More focus on a diversity of people with lived experience participating in local multi-agency suicide prevention groups
- More effective support of those with lived experience who are involved in local multi-agency suicide prevention groups
- Stronger reference to professionals acting upon permission to inform the family or carers of someone with suicidal thoughts, not just asking about it
- Ensuring that support for those bereaved and affected by a suspected suicide is timely – within 72 hours
You can read our full response here.
Many thanks to the NSPA members who helped us with our response.