Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Consultation

Closed 28 Apr 2017

Opened 6 Mar 2017

Feedback Updated 18 Oct 2017

We Asked

Consultation was undertaken with a wide range of stakeholders to help develop the new West Sussex Suicide Prevention Strategy.  For more comprehensive information about this process and the results which informed the strategy, please visit the JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) webpage here.

 

You Said

For more comprehensive information about this process and the results which informed the strategy, please visit the JSNA (Joint Strategic Needs Assessment) webpage here.

We Did

A new West Sussex Suicide Prevention Strategy had been developed based on evidence drawn from the West Sussex Suicide Audit (2017), engagement with front-line workers via an online consultation , a brief review of effective models of suicide prevention and local level analysis of emergency hospital admissions for self-harm.

Results Updated 1 Sep 2017

Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 49 and under and the leading cause of death in people aged 20–34 years in the UK.

It is widely recognised that suicides are preventable. A local level Suicide Prevention Strategy has been developed to present a set of priority areas for action in West Sussex for 2017 to 2020 that are aligned with national strategic priorities. These are:

  1. Focus on reducing suicides in vulnerable middle aged and older people, particularly those experiencing financial difficulties and social isolation
  2. Focus on preventing suicides in people in contact with mental health services, particularly those recently discharged or disengaged from care
  3. Focus on preventing suicide in people who misuse alcohol or drugs, particularly those with a dual diagnosis
  4. Focus on reducing self-harm, particularly in young people
  5. Focus on preventing suicide in people with long term conditions or requiring end of life care, and their carers
  6. Improve support for people bereaved or affected by suicide
  7. Increase confidence and skills of paid and volunteer workers to support people at risk of suicide, maximising the use of existing resources and support
  8. Reduce access to the means of suicide, focusing on self-poisoning, railways and other public places
  9. Monitor suicide patterns and trends in West Sussex

This strategy was based on evidence drawn from the  West Sussex Suicide Audit (2017), engagement with front-line workers via an online consultation , a brief review of effective models of suicide prevention and local level analysis of emergency hospital admissions for self-harm.

The multi-agency West Sussex Suicide Prevention Steering Group was set up to coordinate local implementation of the national strategy ‘Preventing Suicides in England’. This group will oversee and support development and delivery of the local strategic action plan which addresses each of the above priorities. The strategy and action plan will be formally signed off by the Health & Wellbeing Board in October 2017.

 

Overview

The numbers of people taking their own life both nationally and in West Sussex has been steadily increasing since 2007, and for every death by suicide on average at least six people will be directly affected.

Do you work or volunteer in a role where you have occasional or regular contact with people expressing thoughts of suicide? Or people who have been recently bereaved or affected by suicide?

If so West Sussex County Council would like to know your views and experiences in order to help us understand how we can reduce the risk of suicide in our local population and how we can support those bereaved or affected by suicide. 

Why We Are Consulting

Results from this consultation will be used to inform our new suicide prevention strategy. This strategy will be complete later in the year and will be a publicly available document on the council website www.westsussex.gov.uk . A summary of the consultation findings will also be available later on in the year on the Have Your Say portal https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/we_asked_you_said/

Areas

  • Adur District
  • Arun District
  • Chichester District
  • Crawley Borough
  • Horsham District
  • Mid Sussex District
  • Worthing Borough

Audiences

  • NHS
  • Health and Wellbeing Professionals
  • GPs
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Teachers
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Headteachers
  • SEN Co-ordinators
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • West Sussex County Council Staff
  • Capita Staff
  • West Sussex Fire and Rescue Staff
  • County Communicators
  • CLT
  • Police
  • District/Borough Councils
  • Parish Councils
  • Town Councils
  • Elected Members/Councillors
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Community Organisations
  • Bus Operators
  • Childcare Providers
  • CBC Library Group
  • Local services in the care sector

Interests

  • Adults Social Care
  • Community Resilience
  • Special Educational Needs & Disability
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Health
  • Internal WSCC
  • Police
  • Safeguarding