Working together to help prevent suicide

Published Tuesday, 10 September 2019

A plan setting out local strategies to help reduce the average of 20 people or so each year across the borough taking their own lives is being actioned.

The Suicide Prevention Plan recognises that every suicide is a preventable, tragic event which can have a devastating impact on family and friends, with impacts also on wider society. 

The plan, launched by Bromley Council and NHS Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group, has been developed by health and social care professionals, including those who have been personally affected by suicide. It focuses on six main areas. These are:

1)    Reduce the risk of suicide in key high risk groups
2)    Tailor approaches to improve mental health in specific groups such as children and young people
3)    Reduce the means of suicide by developing clear referral pathways
4)    Provide better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide
5)    Support the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour
6)    Support research, data collection and monitoring. This will help give us a better understanding so we can target interventions based on evidence. 
In order to help prevent deaths from suicide, the plan brings together Bromley services such as mental health and substance misuse services to help identify people at heightened risk of suicide, and to work together to support them.

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