This report summarises the latest trends, research and developments on suicide prevention in England
- calls on services to be more ambitious about suicide prevention, and challenge the assumption that suicide is inevitable
- highlights 3 areas in England that have already adopted a zero suicide ambition
- outlines how services can improve by adopting this new attitude and effective interventions
The annual report has been prepared with the input of leading experts in the field of suicide prevention, including the members of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group.
FURTHER INFORMATION: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-second-annual-report
Having both a mental health problem and a substance misuse problem – whether severe or moderate – can cause people and their families’ significant distress. The new guildlines will ensure services deliver: Prevention and early intervention; A holistic, person centred approach; Good communication; Co-production and Prudent healthcare
The Welsh Government is investing more than £580m in mental health services in 2015-16, with some £50m being invested in programmes to tackle drug and alcohol misuse over the same period
Facebook have launched a new tool in the US to help users who are worried about a friends risk of suicide. If an individual sees a concerning post they can report it to facebook. Facebook then reviews the post and if the person is thought to be in distress then suggestions for getting help will display when they next log on.
The first annual report on England’s cross-government suicide prevention strategy, ‘Preventing Suicide in England: One Year On’, sets out key actions that local areas can take to prevent suicides.
It highlights the importance of responsive and high quality care for people who self-harm. It also includes a joint statement on better sharing of information between organisations and families to help prevent suicide.
FURTHER INFORMATION: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/progress-on-suicide-prevention
Date: Autumn 2013
Mind Cymru’s Positive Choices project, is running public ASIST courses in autumn 2013.
29-30 October Newport / 9-10 December Cardiff / 5-6 September Ceredigion / 22-23 October Swansea
Countries Covered: Europe
Fatal and non-fatal suicide acts are significant public health issues in Europe requiring effective preventive interventions. Optimising Suicide Prevention Programs in Europe (OSPI-Europe) comprises of a 5-level intervention which includes training and support for primary care physicians, informing the public about depression, community facilitator training and restricting access to lethal means. The OSPI programme will be implemented in four regions—Ireland, Portugal, Hungary and Germany.