World Health Organization, September 2018
Communities play a crucial role in suicide prevention. This toolkit follows on from the World Health Organization (WHO) report Preventing suicide: a global imperative (WHO, 2014) by providing practical steps for engaging communities in suicide prevention activities.
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University of Liverpool Public Health Observatory, August 2018
This rapid evidence review summarises the evidence on the effectiveness of suicide prevention training programmes. The review will inform the sub-regional Suicide Reduction Action Plan (SRAP), being developed by the Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Reduction Network which is governed via CHAMPS. A key component of the plan relates to the provision of suicide prevention training for anybody working with individuals who may be at greater risk of suicide.
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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
- Employment and social security
- The armed forces
- Coroners conclusions
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Commons Select Committee, December 2016
The Health Committee has published an interim report to allow the emerging themes from witnesses to be presented to government in time to inform the updated suicide prevention strategy. A full report will follow next year, once the strategy has been published and witnesses have been invited to give their views.
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Public Health England, December 2015
This practice resource is for those with responsibility for suicide prevention in local authorities and their partner agencies. It has been developed to help them contribute to the delivery of the national suicide prevention strategy for England, in particular area 3 of the strategy, ‘Reduce access to the means of suicide’.
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Public Health England, September 2015
This toolkit is for people with responsibility for suicide prevention in local authorities and their partner agencies.
•the meaning of the term ‘suicide clusters’
•identification of suicide clusters
•suggestions for who may be at risk of suicidal acts due to the influence of other people’s suicidal behaviour,
•the mechanisms involved in suicide clusters
•the effects of suicide on other individuals
The steps required at local level to prepare for a suicide cluster are described alongside suggested responses to possible suicide clusters. Finally, best practice is provided on how to evaluate responses to a cluster, and on using the experience to improve further suicide prevention measures.
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BBC News, 19 January 2015
The government is calling for a fundamental overhaul of how the NHS tackles suicides.
Deputy PM Nick Clegg says many suicides are preventable and wants hospitals to aim to end all such deaths….
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