Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017 - 2022
All public sector partners in Salford are working together to address the devastating impact that suicide has on families and communities and ensure that suicide should always be considered an avoidable occurrence.
We know that Salford has a number of high risk groups (which mirror some of the nationally identified high risk groups) who may have a greater risk of suicide. These groups include:
- Males aged 40 - 59 years
- People with multiple risk factors – e.g. carers, people in the criminal justice system, people with mental health conditions, military veterans, faith groups, people who are unemployed and people who have alcohol or drug problems.
- People in the construction workforce
- People from LGBT communities
- People from BAME / refugee and asylum communities
It is important to note that not everyone who considers suicide has a mental health problem.
In our strategy, we have six key objectives to achieve this vision:
- Salford will achieve the Safer Suicide Community Accreditation
- Develop an awareness of suicide prevention and increase the capacity of individuals and organisations to respond to and engage proactivity with individuals in distress and individuals who are perceived to be at high risk of suicide.
- Provide effective support to individuals who have been affected by a suicide bereavement
- Build a wider partnership approach
- Align and / or incorporate the Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy with other strategies and programmes
- Making a difference – checking that our actions make a difference
You can read more about our strategy and action plan in the documents below:
What have we been working on?
The Salford Suicide Prevention Board meet quarterly. Below is an update on where our work to preventing suicide in Salford is up to:
- Audit – each year, we look at information from the previous year to help us decide where we might need to do more work. This year’s information tells us similar information to the information included in the Strategy. It also tells us that we might need to look back on information over the past 10 years, as it is hard to identify themes by year. Our most recent audit report will be available in the early part of 2018.
- People’s Views – our engagement team has been out and about in Salford to a range of community activities, festivals and events to talk to people about Suicide Prevention. Over 200 local people have told us where they think we should be starting to deliver suicide awareness information. We had lots of great ideas, from pubs, to hairdressers, to sports clubs and local supermarkets! We will be using this information to help us plan how we share our awareness raising information.
- Locations - we have been looking at data from the Police records and the Fire and Rescue databases to learn more about which areas of Salford might have a higher risk for suicidal thoughts and actions. We know that areas with higher levels of poverty are more at risk, as well as some particular areas of the City. Understanding this information will help us to think about where we start our suicide prevention awareness raising activities.
- Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan – Our Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy is now published. This sets out our approach to suicide prevention in Salford, as well as our ambition to have zero deaths by suicide. Our Strategy and Action plan are available on our web pages. Our action plan will be updated regularly.
- Partnerships – we have been extending our partnerships as we recognise that suicide prevention is everyone’s business. We have widened our partnership to include other organisations such as Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises, Fire and Rescue and Healthwatch. We have also developed a network group which includes faith communities, charities, organisations and individuals with an interest in suicide prevention. Our aim is to share information following each Partnership meeting and engage with the network when we are planning big pieces of work.
- Social Media – we have been running a social media campaign using videos to share key messages about suicide prevention. We have also been sharing information on Facebook and Twitter and will be developing more social media content over the next few months.
- News – We have been sharing our work through news articles on Key 103, in Life in Salford and through the CCG Patient Panel.
- Communications – We have set up a communications group which is looking at the information we develop and the awareness campaigns we will be delivering to raise awareness of suicide prevention.
- Suicide Prevention Awareness Pack - We will be getting a group of partnership members, people with personal experience and network members together to help us to think about how we share messages about suicide prevention. We have been looking at what information is already available and we hope to have a resource pack by the new year. We will be using the information on Salford locations and the things that local people have told us to develop a plan around how we share this information.
- Information for Employers – We have been looking at toolkits which are available to help employers think about supporting the emotional wellbeing of their employees and to plan how best to support suicide prevention in the work place. We will be looking at using the best toolkit to help our biggest employers in the City.
- Information for Education – Papyrus (an organisation to support young people who are feeling suicidal) has a great information pack for schools, colleges and universities. We want to share this information with Salford schools and help them to think about the emotional wellbeing of their students. We also want to use some of the drama sessions in Schools to think about the support the people might need if they feel suicidal.
- Holiday Season – The holiday season is nearly here and we know that this can sometimes be a difficult time of year. We will be looking at making sure that we share contact details for support over the winter period.
- Suicide Safer Community Accreditation – We will be looking to apply for accreditation from Living Works (https://www.livingworks.net/community/suicide-safer-communities/) for our Suicide Prevention work. This will mean that we need to provide details of all of the work that we are doing to prevent suicide in Salford. We hope to have achieved the accreditation by early 2018.
Our next Suicide Prevention Partnership will be in February 2018 and we will look to provide another update following this meeting. To be added to the email network for additional information, please contact: email@example.com.