Preventing suicides in public places: a practice resource

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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Clinical Review: Suicide risk assessment and intervention in people with mental illness

BMJ, 9 November 2015

This review summarizes the current science in suicide risk assessment and provides an overview of the interventions shown to reduce the risk of suicide, with a focus on the clinical management of people with mental disorders.

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Suicide prevention: identifying and responding to suicide clusters

Public Health England, September 2015

This toolkit is for people with responsibility for suicide prevention in local authorities and their partner agencies.

It includes:

•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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Preventing suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people: a toolkit for nurses

Public Health England, March 2015

These toolkits are a collaboration between the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Public Health England (PHE).

They are primarily for nurses who work with children and young people, whether in community or hospital settings, including school nurses and practice nurses.

These toolkits aim to:

  • develop skills and knowledge and recognise the wider context of mental health in relation to LGBT sexual orientation and identity.
  • provide a general outline for health professionals looking to increase their skills and knowledge around suicide prevention strategies with LGBT young people

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Antidepressant use and risk of suicide and attempted suicide or self harm in people aged 20 to 64: cohort study using a primary care database

BMJ, 18 February 2015

This cohort study aims to assess the associations between different antidepressant treatments and the rates of suicide and attempted suicide or self harm in people with depression.

238 963 patients registered with UK general practices aged 20 to 64 years with a first diagnosis of depression participated between 1 January 2000 and 31 July 2011, followed up until 1 August 2012.

The study concludes that rates of suicide and attempted suicide or self harm were similar during periods of treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and tricyclic and related antidepressants. Mirtazapine, venlafaxine, and trazodone were associated with the highest rates of suicide and attempted suicide or self harm, but the number of suicide events was small leading to imprecise estimates. As this is an observational study the findings may reflect indication biases and residual confounding from severity of depression and differing characteristics of patients prescribed these drugs. The increased rates in the first 28 days of starting and stopping antidepressants emphasise the need for careful monitoring of patients during these periods.

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Preventing deaths in detention of adults with mental health conditions

Equality and Human Rights Commission, 23 February 2015

The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published the findings of an inquiry into how the human rights of detainees with mental health conditions are protected across the health, prison and police settings. The Inquiry found failures to learn from lessons and implement recommendations has contributed to the deaths of people with mental health conditions detained across these settings.

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