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
The first cross-government suicide prevention workplan, which outlines how the government will work with the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector to reduce suicides, and sets out the actions being taken up to 2020 to carry out the national suicide prevention strategy for England.
Cross-Government Suicide Prevention Workplan
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
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
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.
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
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.
Suicide Prevention National Transformation Programme
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