This report looks at key trends in prison suicide rates and presents what Samaritans know about why some people in prison take their own lives. The reasons, as with all suicides, are complex. It is suggested that the increased risk of suicide in prisoners stems from a unique combination of pre-existing vulnerability and the prison environment itself.
Around 200 young people die by suicide every year. This report investigates the relationship between loneliness and suicide in young people, and if or how they may be connected.
Loneliness, suicide and young people
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.
NCISH toolkit for self-assessment
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.
Autistica Action Briefing: Suicide Prevention
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.
NICE Quality Standards Self-harm
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.
A Silent Killer: Breaking the link between financial difficulty and suicide
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.
MaSH Learning: Management of Self-Harm in the Emergency Department
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.
Understanding Suicidal Distress and Promoting Survival in LGBT Communities
This booklet, created by the Mental Health Foundation, aims to help you understand more about self-harm and what to do if you are worried about yourself or someone else. It explains what self-harm is, what to do if you or someone you know is self-harming, and how to get help.
The truth about self-harm
Keele University has created a leaflet which aims to give information to people affected by self-harm in adulthood.
Self-harm in older adults
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.