Examples of good practice: suicide prevention initiatives
As part of our work to support local areas to develop suicide prevention quality improvement plans, we have created infographics for each local area to summarise and showcase one of their suicide prevention projects.
These infographics are intended to promote and share learning from the projects in a quick and simple way. They summarise the projects’ aims, what the project involved, and outcome measures.
Below are infographics from some of the innovative work in the programme targeting three of the main priority areas identified in the National Suicide Prevention Strategy: reducing risk in men; prevention and response to self-harm; and improving acute mental health care, as well as real-time surveillance (RTS).
Reducing risk in men
Release the pressure campaign (Kent and Medway STP)
12th man campaign (Norfolk and Waveney STP)
Prevention and response to self-harm
Self-harm Support and Recovery service (Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICS)
The Self-harm Support and Recovery service offers a three-tier non-clinical intervention to support individuals who self-harm and experience suicidal thoughts.
Improving acute mental health care
MindStance course (Coventry and Warwickshire STP)
MindStance is a six-week course produced by MIND and Care Grow Live (CGL) to increase the understanding and coping skills of individuals with mental health problems who misuse substances.
Suicide Safer Primary Care and Suicide Safer Community projects (Cornwall and Isle of Scilly STP)
Two projects targeting safety planning:
- suicide prevention training for primary care staff with a specific focus on the use of safety plans;
- safety planning training in the community, including a website with downloadable plans and resources.
South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw ICS
An early alert system collects information on suspected suicides, before sharing with a multi-agency group, and offering bereavement support to affected individuals.
Learning panel case reviews are also carried out.
Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS
A multi-agency team are alerted within 24 hours of a suspected suicide to ensure timely monitoring and contagion response.
Bereavement support is offered, with workplaces and education settings a particular focus.