The Suicide Prevention National Transformation Programme has been established in response to a national commitment to reduce deaths by suicide by 10%, by 2020/21. Additional funding has been allocated to eight Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) that have a high level of need, to support local plans.
The Centre for Public Scrutiny has collaborated with the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Public Health to create a guide that aims to help councillors and local scrutiny committees build their knowledge and understanding about the context of suicide risk, prevalence and prevention.
The guide suggests 10 questions that help assess whether local suicide prevention plans, strategies or approaches are fit for purpose, proportionate to local suicide risks and rates and engage the right partners in the right actions, with ambitious but achievable outcomes.
This resource pack has been designed for Coroners, Police, Local Authority Public Health Suicide Prevention Leads and others who are involved in suicide prevention work. The three key purposes of this resource pack are to:
1. Describe the process undertaken by the Thames Valley Suicide Prevention and Intervention Network (TV-SPIN) in order to develop the Thames Valley Real-Time Suicide Surveillance System (TV-RT-SSS)
2. Describe how the TV-RT-SSS operates
3. Provide useful resources that can be utilised or adapted to suit local need.
Following the publication of guidance on local suicide prevention planning, a series of masterclasses were held across the country. This page provides a webinar version of those classes, to help any organisation better understand and apply the guidance.
The purpose of the masterclasses was to:
• introduce the new national guidance in local suicide prevention planning
• provide an overview of national progress for suicide prevention and the wider policy context for the guidance
• facilitate regional and local suicide prevention planning and improvement activity
• promote multi-agency and partnership working
To complement the classes, we also developed a series of short films setting out priority areas for action and showcasing some of the fantastic working happening around the country.
Webinar recording: Top priorities for your local suicide prevention plan
For those that were unable to attend the physical events, we also held a one-hour webinar outlining the top priorities for local suicide prevention planning and the evidence for action, as well as highlighting some resources available to people.
Steven Gilbert, an expert on suicide prevention by his own lived experience, discusses various topics on the area of working with people with lived experience and collaboration between different agencies.
Their suicide prevention strategy outlines how they will improve the safety of our roads by reducing the number of people who attempt to take their lives and reduce the devastating impact suicide has when these tragedies occur.
Supporting people affected by suicide is an essential part of suicide prevention and to complement the guidance for local authorities in suicide prevention planning we worked with Public Health England and the Support After Suicide Partnership to develop a suite of resources for those developing services that provide support after a suicide.
The resources provide guidance on commissioning and delivering support after a suicide (otherwise known as postvention support), as part of a wider suicide prevention strategy. Step-by-step guidance on developing, delivering and evaluating a postvention support services, and a suggested pathway of support for people affected by suicide.
The resources are primarily aimed at local authorities and commissioners but can be used by anyone setting up and delivering services for those affected by suicide.
On this page you can find easily downloadable graphics, taken from the Local Suicide Prevention Planning Guidance, all with up to date statistics as of October 2017.
Simply click on any of the infographics below to load the full size image, then right click (or hold down on mobile) on that image to download and save for your own use. You have permission to use these images. If you wish to credit the design please cite Public Health England/National Suicide Prevention Alliance. The references for each infographic can be found in the full guidance document.
This slideset puts the local suicide prevention planning practice resource into an easily digestible presentation format. It is a great tool for anyone needing to make the case for suicide prevention and key areas of work within this.
This document looks at the various socioeconomic disadvantages that increase the risk of stress, negative life events, and a rise in suicide risk; as well as the steps that can be taken to address this increased risk.