Universities UK and PAPYRUS, the UK’s national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, have published guidance to help university leaders prevent student suicides. At least 95 university students took their own lives in the 2016–17 academic year. This guide provides a framework to understand student suicide, mitigate risk, intervene when students get into difficulties, and respond to these tragic deaths. It sets out the steps you can take to make your community suicide-safer
PAPYRUS has developed a guide to support teachers and school staff in building suicide-safer schools. The guide, which is downloadable on their webpage, provides school staff with an understanding of the most effective strategies to implement to create a suicide-safer environment. The material in the guide is designed for secondary school and college teachers and staff, but can be adapted for younger children too.
Samaritans has offered the Step by Step service to schools and colleges in the UK since 2010. Samaritans have a team of trained volunteers, called Postvention Advisors who are available to offer practical support and advice to schools, colleges and other youth settings that have been affected by a suspected suicide or attempted suicide.
This quality standard covers the initial management of self-harm and the provision of longer-term support for children and young people (aged 8 to 18) and adults (aged 18 and over) who self-harm. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.
This toolkit has been developed by the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) from the NICE Quality Standard (QS34) covering the initial management of self-harm and the provision of longer-term support for children and young people (aged 8 to 18) and adults (aged 18+) who self-harm.
The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health annual reports provide findings relating to people who died by suicide or were convicted of homicide across all UK countries. Additional findings are presented on sudden unexplained deaths (SUD) under mental health care in England and Wales.
Their large and internationally unique database is a national case series of suicide, homicide and SUD by mental health patients over 20 years. This allows them to examine the circumstances surrounding these incidents and changes in trends over time, and to make recommendations for clinical practice and policy to improve safety in mental health care.
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The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute have published a report exploring the evidence around debt and suicidal thoughts and actions, and suicide prevention recommendations for government, local authorities and essential services providers.
This online learning resource has been developed by researchers at the Manchester Self-Harm (MaSH) Project, which is part of the Centre for Suicide Prevention, a leading UK centre for research into suicidal behaviour based at The University of Manchester.
This resource has been designed to help people understand more about why people may self-harm and how to help people who present to hospital emergency departments after self-harm.
Keele University has created a leaflet which aims to give information to people affected by self-harm in adulthood.
Autistica is the UK’s autism research charity. This briefing summarises the most important scientific findings about suicide in the autistic community. It was developed in collaboration with leading researchers, autistic people and bereaved family members as an insight into the latest evidence.
Autistica strongly urge the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS policy-makers, local authorities, services and public research funders to act on this information.
This qualitative study written by MindOut, Children’s and Young Peoples Trust, University of Brighton, Brighton and Sussex Community Knowledge Exchange and Allsorts Young Project outlines key themes that underpin the experience of suicidal distress amongst two groups of LGBT people: young people and those who identify as having mental health problems.