HM Government’s cross-government strategy for reducing suicide, including six key objectives:
1: Reduce the risk of suicide in key high-risk groups
2: Tailor approaches to improve mental health in specific groups
3: Reduce access to the means of suicide
4: Provide better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide
5: Support the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour
6: Support research, data collection and monitoring.
Suicide Prevention Strategy for England 2012
Public Health England worked alongside the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to launch NICE’s new guidelines for suicide prevention in community and custodial settings. The guidelines cover ways to reduce suicide and help people bereaved or affected by suicide. It aims to:
- help local services work more effectively together to prevent suicide
- identify and help people at risk
- prevent suicide in places where it is currently more likely.
Preventing Suicide in Community and Custodial Settings
Health Education England (HEE) and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) have launched a series of self-harm and suicide prevention frameworks.
The competency frameworks describe activities that need to be brought together to support people who self-harm and/or are suicidal.
The frameworks, which have a range of applications, overlap in terms of their content, but help describe the work that is required within different populations and contexts.
Families bereaved by suicide have expressed concern about their experiences with services, and issues of confidentiality. They have raised concerns that practitioners can seem reluctant to take information from families and friends or give them information about a person’s suicide risk. The Department of Health working in consultation with other organisations has developed the consensus statement below to promote greater sharing of information.
Consensus statement on information sharing
Through this green paper the Government sets out details on how they must play a greater role in tackling issues of online harms. The government addresses online safety by bringing groups across society together to establish a coordinated approach. Also the Government’s response following their consultation.
Internet Safety Strategy: Green Paper
Government response to the Consultation on the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper
This green paper builds on Future in Mind and the ongoing expansion of NHS-funded provision, and sets out the Government’s ambition to ensure that children and young people showing early signs of distress are able to access the right help, in the right setting, when they need it. Also the Government’s response following their consultation.
Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision
Government Response to the Consultation on Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision
A report from the independent Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS in England – February 2016
Five Year Forward View for Mental Health
This report from the World Health Organisation encourages countries to continue the good work where it is already on-going, and to place suicide prevention high on the agenda, regardless of where a country stands currently in terms of suicide rate or suicide prevention activities.
WHO report on preventing suicide a global approach
This mental health outcomes strategy looks to communities as well as the state, to promote independence and choice, reflecting the recent vision for adult social care. It sets out how the Government, working with all sectors of the community and taking a life course approach, will:
improve the mental health and wellbeing of the population and keep people well; and improve outcomes for people with mental health problems through high-quality services that are equally accessible to all.
No health without mental health