Library Mental Health bulletins

The Gosall Library, March 2018

This week’s Library bulletins are on Suicide Prevention and Depression.


Suicide Prevention: Policy and Strategy: (Briefing Paper Number CBP 08221)

House of Commons Library, February 2018

This briefing paper provides a statistical overview of suicide rates throughout the UK over time, using the latest data from the Office of National Statistics, which were published in September 2017. These show that in Great Britain in 2016 there were 5,668 recorded suicides which represented a slight fall since 2015 and the lowest overall number since 2010. The 2016 suicide data for Northern Ireland has not yet been published. It also  provides an overview of suicide prevention policies and strategies in the UK, as well as their various updates.  It considers the interdependent policy areas which are impacted by suicide prevention:

  • Health Services
  • Education
  • Employment and social security
  • Railways
  • Prisons
  • Media
  • The armed forces
  • Coroners conclusions

Click here to read the report.

Mersey Care advancing suicide prevention app

digitalhealth, June 2017

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is advancing in its plans to develop an app which anticipates and responds to suicide risk.  The mental health trust has been working with California’s Stanford University to  develop the application.  A prototype has been created and researchers are now preparing a feasibility study to explore the usability and performance of the digital platform.  Mersey Care chief executive Joe Rafferty told Digital Health News that the app will offer a more sophisticated way of identifying those who may be at risk of suicide.

Click here to view this news story.