Aiming for 'zero suicides': an evaluation of a whole system approach to suicide prevention in the East of England

MOULIN Lawrence
Centre for Mental Health
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This report considers the development of the ‘Zero Suicide’ Programme and highlights of the work undertaken and describes some of the underlying evidence and the learning from the work carried out. The programme aims to prevent suicides by creating a more open environment for people to talk about suicidal thoughts and enabling others to help them. It particularly aims to reach people who have not been reached through previous initiatives and to address gaps in existing provision. The report highlights a range of suicide prevention activities carried out in local communities. They included: training key public service staff such as GPs, police officers, teachers and housing officers; training others who may encounter someone at risk of taking their own life, such as pub landlords, coroners, private security staff, faith groups and gym workers; creating ‘community champions’ to put local people in control of activities; putting in place practical suicide prevention measures in ‘hot spots’ such as bridges and railways; working with local newspapers, radio and social media to raise awareness in the wider community; supporting safety planning for people at risk of suicide, involving families and carers throughout the process; and linking with local crisis services to ensure people get speedy access to evidence-based treatments. (Edited publisher abstract)

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suicide, prevention, intervention, evaluation, mental health problems, community work;
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