Category Archives: Self-Harm & Suicide Prevention

ENGLAND: SUICIDE PREVENTION: SECOND ANNUAL REPORT

This report summarises the latest trends, research and developments on suicide prevention in England

The report:

  • 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

WALES: NEW GUIDANCE ON MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND SUBSTANCE MISUSE PROBLEMS

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

 

WORLD: SOCIAL MEDIA SUICIDE PREVENTION TOOL

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.

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

APPLIED SUICIDE INTERVENTION SKILLS TRAINING

Country: Wales
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

“LIGHTING THE WAY” – A NEW BOOKLET TO HELP THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF PEOPLE BEREAVED THROUGH SUICIDE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

“Lighting the Way”  is an accessible information resource for those bereaved through suicide. The booklet contains important information on the practical and emotional  processes involved immediately after the suicide.

SELF-HARM FIRST AID ADVICE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The British Red Cross have worked with YoungMinds to produce video and Facebook first aid advice on the first  actions to take on discovering someone who has taken a harmful substance.

 

 

MENTAL WELLBEING GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

A guide to help schools improve the emotional and mental wellbeing of their students has been launched by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.

INVENTORY OF YOUTH SERVICES IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2012

The National Suicide Research Foundation has published an inventory of services for young people. The inventory was developed in response to requests from professionals, volunteers and young people who expressed a need for an inventory of services that young people can turn to for general and mental health issues. The inventory is available at the NSRF’s website.

LIFE SAVING KITS TO BE GIVEN TO FAMILIES OF INJECTING DRUG USERS IN GROUNDBREAKING SCHEME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

The National Treatment Agency (NTA) announced families and carers of injecting drug users will be given training in how to respond to overdoses and how to administer a drug called naloxone in the event of a heroin overdose in a groundbreaking new scheme to help save lives.

MANUAL FOR ESTIMATING THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF INJURIES DUE TO INTERPERSONAL AND SELF-DIRECTED VIOLENCE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2008

The manual provides a standardized set of recommendations to estimate the direct and indirect economic costs of interpersonal and self-directed violence. It is intended primarily for economists, public health experts and researchers interested in conducting studies of this nature.

PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTAL POISONING AMONG THE ELDERLY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

Prevention of Accidental Poisoning among the Elderly produced by EUNESE

FALLS: THE ASSESSMENT AND PREVENTION OF FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This guidance represents the view of the Institute, which was arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. Health professionals are expected to take it fully into account when exercising their clinical judgement. The guidance does not, however, override the individual responsibility of health professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.