A cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives
In September 2012, the Government published Preventing Suicide in England - a cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives.
It wants to:
- reduce the suicide rate in England, and
- better support people bereaved or affected by suicide.
The strategy doesn't make specific recommendations so it will be up to Clinical Commissioning Groups and local authorities to take action in your area.
The strategy includes:
- the existing evidence base
- local approaches that have been successful (and have had national support)
- research and practical tools that local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups can us.
We support the strategy but we are worried that you won't see changes in your area.
Rise in suicides
There's been a recent increase in suicide, particularly among men, and we've seen cuts to mental health services. People need help more than ever, so it's even more important for local commissioners and health services to prioritise this strategy.