Local Government Association and NSPA Case Studies

The Local Government Association and NSPA worked together to develop case studies around the innovative local government and council programmes to improve the lives of people within communities.

 

Access to means:

East Sussex County Council: a design-led approach

Bringing together a large and diverse group of stakeholders to understand the challenges posed by their particular site and draw up a community action plan. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource. Read the full case study here.

Devon County Council: Devon Bridges

Using engineering and designing infrastructure as way to prevent suicide. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource. Read the full case study here.

 

Children and young people

Havering Council: mental health training and support for schools

Bringing together partners to support a whole school approach to mental health and the development of an online resource setting out information on mental health and suicide prevention training and support for schools. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource. Read the full case study here.

Hull City Council: You are not alone

Creating a suicide awareness campaign aimed and young people through their own voices. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource. Read the full case study here.

 

Working with the media

Champs Public Health Collaborative: World Suicide Prevention Day Workshop

Working across nine councils and with Samaritans to improve media reporting through hosting a high profile suicide prevention event. Council collaborative comprised of the nine councils across Cheshire and Merseyside: Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens, Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington councils. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource. Read the full case study here.

Oxfordshire County Council: Media Monitoring and Training – a collaboration with Samaritans’ Media Advisory Service

Working together with the Samaritan’s Media Advisory Service to monitor local media reporting of suicides and provide training local media organisations to develop postvention reporting as a means of prevention. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource. Read the full case study here.

Reducing risk in men

Kirkless Council: aligning local services to reduce risk in men

Working with local community groups and partners to offer a range of services for men outside of the clinical setting. This case study was done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and forms part of our suicide prevention resource. Read the full case study here.

 

 

Local suicide prevention planning: a practice resource

In 2020 we worked with Public Health England to update and refresh the comprehensive guidance which directly supports the Government’s ongoing strategy for England, Preventing Suicide in England: A Cross Government Outcomes Strategy to save Lives along with recommendations taken from Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Local suicide prevention planning guidance

This guidance is to be read alongside other PHE guidance, including: Identifying and responding
to suicide clusters and contagion and Preventing suicides in public places. It aims to support the
commitment and capability that we know exists in public health, local government, health services,
primary care and the voluntary sector.

The resource includes guidance on:

  • the national context for a focus on suicide prevention
  • building a partnership approach
  • making sense of national and local data
  • developing a suicide prevention strategy and action plan
  • evidence and ideas for action

Providing a lifeline: Effective scrutiny of local strategies to prevent or reduce suicide

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.

Providing a lifeline: Effective scrutiny of local strategies to prevent or reduce suicide

Thames Valley Real-Time Suicide Surveillance System

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.

Thames Valley Real-Time Suicide Surveillance System: Resource pack

Suicide prevention webinar

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.

You can view the films here.

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.

You can also download a copy of the presentation slides here.

 

Providing support after suicide services: a suite of resources

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.

PHE’s Support after Suicide: A guide to providing local services Developing and Delivering Local Bereavement Services Evaluating Local Bereavement Services

Infographics: local suicide prevention planning

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.