Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership is taking action to prevent suicide
On Suicide Prevention Awareness Day (September 10), Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership is reflecting on the work undertaken to raise awareness of suicide prevention and to work towards our ambition of no deaths by suicide in the City.
Over the past 12 months, significant action has been taken by the Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership to prevent deaths by suicide, raise awareness of suicide prevention and to make sure that the right support is available for people bereaved by suicide.
The local community has been at the heart of the partnership’s work to prevent suicide to ensure it is effective for the people who need it. Local people with personal experiences of suicide (both survivors and those bereaved by suicide) have shared their stories to help others and a business card size booklet to help people manage thoughts of suicide is currently being tested in some areas of Salford.
Salford CCG is the only locality in Greater Manchester to invest all of its share of the Greater Manchester transformation money in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. This money has allowed Salford Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) to run an emotional wellbeing and mental health grants programme, which includes Suicide Prevention as one of the key areas of focus.
Judd Skelton, Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership Chair said: “Thoughts of suicide are very distressing for those experiencing them and for friends and family.
“Members of the Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership recognise the importance of raising awareness and much needed conversations around suicide prevention in local communities.
“The aim of the Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership is for Salford to be a city where people do not consider suicide as the only option they face.
“By working together with a range of organisations, local people and communities, Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership hopes to continue our work to develop specific approaches to reduce the number of people who die by suicide in Salford”.
Different types of suicide prevention training have been tested in the city to see which are most effective in helping to recognise when someone might be having thoughts of suicide and to identify the right type of support. Papyrus were commissioned by children’s commissioners to deliver a range of suicide prevention training in the city, ranging from short sessions to intense two day courses to members of the community and front line staff.
Training has also been provided to barbers, hairdressers and people who work in pubs to help members of the community signpost people experiencing thoughts of suicide to the right support and help.
As part of the Salford Standard, a set level of care which you should expect from GP’s in the city, suicide prevention information has been shared in all 45 practices.
Topics of self-harm and suicide have been explored with young people via ‘A Spiralling Mind’ high school drama project which has won two engagement awards for its hard work in encouraging discussions and signposting young people to emotional health and wellbeing services.
Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership will to continue to build on local approaches to raise awareness of suicide prevention and to reduce the number of deaths by suicide. A next step for the city is to work with local people to support suicide prevention champions to work with communities, providing signposting and information.
Help and support is available right now if you need it. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, you can contact Samaritans for confidential support 24 hours a day.