Category Archives: Self-Harm & Suicide Prevention

WALES: POISONING IN CHILDREN AGED 0-18 YEARS IN WALES (2007 – 2012)

The following analyses conducted by CAPIC and AWISS (All Wales Injury Surveillance System) contain Emergency Department figures and hospital admissions for poisoning injuries in children aged 0 – 18 years.

Figures are presented by cause of poisoning, age, gender and year from 2007 – 2012 (ED attendances 2009 – 12, Inpatient Admissions 2007 – 11)

Please refer to the ‘Summary’ page for further information about the data sources, data quality issues and guidance on interpreting the results.

Poisoning in Children Aged 0 – 18 years in Wales (2007 – 2012)

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

EUROPE: NATIONAL ACTION TO ADDRESS CHILD INTENTIONAL INJURY LAUNCHED BY EUROPEAN CHILD SAFETY ALLIANCE

We are pleased to announce the launch of the report on National Action to Address Child Intentional Injury, by the European Child Safety Alliance with the support of Vice President of the European Parliament Isabelle Durant and  Chair of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children Bernard de Vos,

The report and press release are available at www.childsafetyeurope.org

The report describes the prevalence of intentional injuries to children in the European Union, including maltreatment, peer to peer violence and self-directed violence, and examines the level of uptake of national level policies to address intentional child injuries in over 25 Member States.   This is the first time that national actions to address child intentional injury are being comprehensively assessed and reported on in the EU.

 

GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS LINKED TO SUICIDE RISE

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The recent economic crisis could be to blame for an increase in suicide rates in Europe and America, say experts.

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.

 

 

WHERE TO FIND INJURY DATA AND STATISTICS IN THE UK AND IRELAND?

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2013

To help injury practitioners find relevant and up to date injury related statistics; IOBI have produced guides on where to find injury data in the constituent countries of the UK and Ireland. As well providing guidance on where to find general statistics, links to themed statistics (e.g. road accidents, self-harm, falls) are also provided. England and Wales guides also include: injury related strategies, policies and reviews, and further information on selected injury databases.

Please also refer to Data and Statistics in the Cross-Cutting Themes section

PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Countries Covered: World
Date: 
2013

Much more evidence is needed to demonstrate the relative effectiveness of different psychological therapies or the effectiveness of psychological therapies compared to other treatments. More details are required in future trials in regards to the types of trauma that preceded the diagnosis of PTSD and whether the traumas are single event or ongoing. Future studies should also aim to identify the most valid and reliable measures of PTSD symptoms and ensure that all scores, total and sub-scores, are consistently reported.

Citation: Gillies D, Taylor F, Gray C, O’Brien L, D’Abrew N. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2012 612(online): CD00672

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.

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.

SUICIDE NUMBERS RISE SHARPLY, ESPECIALLY AMONG MIDDLE-AGED MEN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

Significant rises in the overall UK suicide rate and in the proportion of men aged between 45 and 59 killing themselves have been reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Male suicides are now at their highest rate for nearly a decade, although they are still proportionally fewer than they were 30 years ago. The rate among men aged 45-59, which has gone up sharply in recent years, is at its worst since 1986.

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

A huge amount of research on preventing injuries is carried out across the world. It is difficult for injury prevention practitioners to keep up to date with the latest scientific evidence. Increasingly, scientists are pulling together all the high quality studies on particular topics and collating the results in systematic reviews.

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.

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.

OPTIMISING SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN EUROPE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2010

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.

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.

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.

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.

DRUG-RELATED DEATHS ON 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.

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.

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.

PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTAL POISONING AMONG THE ELDERLY

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

Prevention of Accidental Poisoning among the Elderly produced by EUNESE

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.

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.

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.