Preventing suicide through community and emergency healthcare. New suicide prevention toolkits for the NHS – NHS Confederation Mental Health Network – December 2011

Posted on December 9, 2011. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Preventing suicide through community and emergency healthcare. New suicide prevention toolkits for the NHS – NHS Confederation Mental Health Network – December 2011

“The prevention of suicide in inpatient mental health settings has long been a focus for clinicians and managers. Understanding what can be done in community, emergency and general practice settings to reduce the number of suicides has presented more of a challenge.

Although the suicide rate in England has been declining steadily over the last ten years, self-harm – an indicator of suicide risk – continues to rise. Times of economic downturn are known to correspond to a rise in the number of suicides, and 2008 saw the first rise in the suicide rate for some years. Policy-makers and service providers recognise that there is no room to be complacent.

This Briefing introduces the National Patient Safety Agency’s (NPSA) new suicide prevention toolkits for community, emergency and general practice staff, launched in December 2011, and outlines their benefits for providers, illustrated by the experience of some pilot sites. The Mental Health Network is happy to support the NPSA and the Department of Health to bring the toolkits to the wider NHS.”

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