Suicide Bereavement Support Networks directory

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, 10 December 2014

Susan Quinn in the Adult Mental Health Network has created a list of useful links and contact details for helplines, support groups, networks and resources for service users and families affected by suicide.  This list is for use by LCFT staff so that they can direct service users and their families to external sources of support, help and advice.

Click here to view the document.

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Seven mental health patients died waiting for beds

BBC News, 28 November 2014

Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC has learned.

An investigation of coroners’ reports and NHS trust papers with the journal Community Care found another patient denied a bed later killed his mother….

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Clinical and social outcomes of adolescent self harm: population based birth cohort study

British Medical Journal, 24 October 2014

The objectives of the cohort study were to investigate the mental health, substance use, educational, and occupational outcomes of adolescents who self harm in a general population sample, and to examine whether these outcomes differ according to self reported suicidal intent.

The results of the study found that participants who self harmed with and without suicidal intent at age 16 years were at increased risk of developing mental health problems, future self harm, and problem substance misuse, with stronger associations for suicidal self harm than for non-suicidal self harm. For example, in models adjusted for confounders the odds ratio for depression at age 18 years was 2.21 (95% confidence interval 1.55 to 3.15) in participants who had self harmed without suicidal intent at age 16 years and 3.94 (2.67 to 5.83) in those who had self harmed with suicidal intent. Suicidal self harm, but not self harm without suicidal intent, was also associated with poorer educational and employment outcomes.

The paper concludes that adolescents who self harm seem to be vulnerable to a range of adverse outcomes in early adulthood. Risks were generally stronger in those who had self harmed with suicidal intent, but outcomes were also poor among those who had self harmed without suicidal intent. These findings emphasise the need for early identification and treatment of adolescents who self harm.

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Suicide prevention: developing a local action plan

Public Health England, October 2014

The development of a local suicide action plan is recommended by government and supports the 2012 strategy ‘Preventing Suicide in England. A Cross Government Outcomes Strategy to save Lives’.

This document advises local authorities how to:

  • develop a suicide prevention action plan
  • monitor data, trends and hot spots
  • engage with local media
  • work with transport to map hot spots
  • work on local priorities to improve mental health

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.