Category Archives: Self-Harm & Suicide Prevention

ENGLAND: SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY REPORT

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

SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY LAUNCHED

Countries Covered: England
Date: 
2013

The Department of Health has launched a new cross-government strategy ‘Preventing suicide in England’. The strategy will focus on supporting bereaved families and preventing suicide amongst at risk groups and is backed by a call to action led by the Samaritans and up to £1.5 million for new research.

CORONER INCREASING NARRATIVES AND THEIR IMPACT ON SUICIDE RATES

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The Office for National Statistics have conducted a recent
analysis and conclude: ‘Since 2001 narrative verdicts have been more widely used by coroners. In some cases it can be difficult to code the underlying cause of death from the information provided by the coroner in the narrative. ONS and other organisations have been concerned about the impact of narrative verdicts on the quality of the statistics on cause of death. The increase in the use of narrative verdicts has not had a statistically significant impact on published suicide rates in England and Wales and so no revision to these rates is needed. However, if current trends in the use of narrative verdicts continue, the effect on mortality rates may become large enough to affect the reliability of National Statistics.’

INJURY AND POISONING MORTALITY, 2009

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The latest national level report on injury and mortality was released by the Office for National Statistics on 1 March 2011.

To access the statistical bulletin and accompanying national trend data tables for 2005 to 2009 please click on the following link.

DEATHS RELATED TO DRUG POISONING IN ENGLAND AND WALES, 2011

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The Office for National Statistics have released their latest figures on deaths related to drug poisoning in England nd Wales for the last five years.

DELIBERATE SELF HARM IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2010

Data from the pilot of Northern Ireland’s Registry of Deliberate Self Harm were published in January 2010. The pilot was part of the rollout of Northern Ireland’s Suicide Prevention Strategy ‘Protect Life – A Shared Vision.’ Data were collected in three accident and emergency departments in the Western Health and Social Care Trust area of Northern Ireland during 2007 and 2008.

NATIONAL REGISTRY OF DELIBERATE SELF HARM ANNUAL REPORT 2009

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

The National Suicide Research Foundation recently published the eighth annual report of the National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm. It is based on data collected on persons presenting as a result of deliberate self harm to any of the 39 hospital emergency departments that operated in Ireland in 2009.

DRUG-RELATED DEATHS IN THE UK CONTINUE TO RISE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

A report released by St George’s, University of London reveals there were 1,952 UK drug-related deaths in 2008, an increase of 2.7 per cent from the previous year. Heroin and morphine remain the substances involved in most deaths, according to the Drug-related deaths in the UK Annual Report 2009. England, Wales and Northern Ireland actually saw a slight reduction in deaths, but record figures for Scotland boosted the total.

INDICATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH: DRUG MISUSE

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2009

The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) has published the 10th report in its Indications of Public Health in the English Regions series. The new report contains 46 different indicators of drug use relating to the individual, community and population across all nine English regions, with additional analysis of sub-regional inequalities where possible. The data is intended to improve both prevention initiatives and the lives of drug users through informing a better understanding of their treatment needs.

A NATIONAL ACTION PLAN TO REDUCE SUICIDE AND SELF HARM IN WALES 2008-2013

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2008

The five year action plan will raise awareness of suicide and self harm and help people understand that it is often preventable. The plan is aimed mainly at people who are at highest risk. The national action plan outlines the challenges and priorities and how organisations, working together, will deal with them. It also looks at the causes of emotional distress and tackles many of the issues which people, particularly young people, may face.

PROTECT LIFE: A SHARED VISION. THE NORTHERN IRELAND SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY & ACTION PLAN 2006 – 2011

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2006

The Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy – ‘Protect Life’ Consultation document was published by the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in March 2006. This was the culmination of the work of the N Ireland Suicide Taskforce and also marked the beginning of a collaborative and determined implementation process to see the number of suicides within N Ireland reduced. A particular focus was placed within the strategy on reducing the number of suicides in young males and also to addressing the rising rates of self harm.

REACH OUT. NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR ACTION ON SUICIDE PREVENTION

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2005

The national strategy for action on suicide prevention, titled Reach Out, was published in September 2005.1 The definition of suicide used by the authors was ‘suicide is a conscious or deliberate act that ends one’s life when an individual is attempting to solve a problem that is perceived as unsolvable by any other means’. Reach Out makes the point that social changes have impacted on the nature and extent of suicidal behaviour in Ireland. Suicide rates doubled during the 1980s and 1990s. This was a time when society experienced considerable transition from an agricultural rural economy to an urban service-orientated one.

CHOOSE LIFE. A NATIONAL STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN TO PREVENT SUICIDE IN SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2002

This National Strategy and Action Plan is a part of the Scottish Executive’s efforts to improve the mental health and well-being of the Scottish population and, ultimately, reverse the serious rise in suicide rates in recent years. It forms part of the Scottish Executive’s drive for social justice and improvements to health, and links to a range of recent Scottish Executive policies.   Scotland has one of the highest suicide rates in Western Europe, the goal is to reduce the suicide rate in Scotland by 20% by 2013.