Autistica Action Briefing: Suicide Prevention

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


Self-harm and suicide prevention frameworks

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.

Working with children and young people Working with adults and older people
Working with the public Service users and carers


NICE Guidelines: Preventing suicide in community and custodial settings

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 

Internet Safety Strategy: Green paper & Response to the Consultation

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

Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper & Response to the Consultation

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

No health without mental health

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