The NCCMH and NCISH have developed a range of resources for the Suicide Prevention Programme that are free to access and use.
10 ways to improve safety
Based on over 20 years of research evidence from studies of mental health services, primary care and accident and emergency departments, NCISH have developed a list of 10 key elements for safer care for patients. These recommendations have been shown to reduce suicide rates. NCISH’s '10 ways to improve safety' provides recommended examples local areas can focus on to reduce suicide and self-harm among mental health patients. You can find more resources on our suicide in mental health patients page.
NCISH developed the data dictionary to provide a selection of process measures for local areas in Wave 2, and any other areas implementing a self-harm and/or suicide prevention project, to measure change as they test new ideas within their projects.
Participants in the Suicide Prevention Programme, attend bimonthly events – called ‘learning sets’ – to share their learning. You’ll find the resources from these learning sets below.
Professor Nav Kapur from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) shared the team’s latest findings, including data in relation to COVID-19, suicidal behaviour and ethnicity, and NSICH’s recently released annual report.
Vicki Wagstaff, Clinical Network Manager – Mental Health, in the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria Mental Health Team, shared about the Orange Button Community Scheme, an initiative linked to quality assured and currently funded existing suicide prevention training. Those who have undertaken the training have an orange button to signify that the wearer is happy to say/hear the word suicide, can listen without judgement and can support people with signposting. Vicki shared how the training has been delivered, how the initiative has gained interest and plans for the future. Vicki's presentation slides provide more information about the scheme
Professor Louis Appleby from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) shared the team’s latest findings, including a recently published report detailing that suicide rates in England did not rise following the first national lockdown in 2020, despite higher levels of greater distress. Professor Appleby also discussed the fact that these are early figures and the potential longer-term effects, and also presented research from other countries’ real-time surveillance data.
Catherine Phillips, Carers Lead, DIALOG+ & Safety Planning Trainer, and Deirdre Williams, Clinical Psychologist, at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust shared how they are working with carers to increase long term safety in adults with chronic suicide risk.
Sue Willgoss, Advisor for Suicide Prevention at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), shared her very moving story on how she is working with NSFT to make positive change after the loss of her son to suicide, including improving support for patients or people in crisis and increasing awareness for staff in the Trust. Liz Howlett, Suicide Prevention Lead for NSFT, also shared her views on the Suicide Prevention Advisor role.
Marie Ash, Senior Peer Support Worker in the Safer from Suicide Team at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, shared the very inspirational story of the Letter of Hope, a letter of support written by people with lived experience from Devon, who wish to offer help and hope to those who are thinking about suicide. Marie shared how the letter was written and a recording is included in the presentation, read aloud by those involved in writing the letter. Marie has very helpfully shared her supplementary notes for today's presentation, including her own letter of hope. More information, including downloadable copies of the letter and audio file are available on Devon Partnership's website.
Professor Nav Kapur from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) shares their latest findings, including real-time data collection on suicide and self-harm during the COVID-19 pandemic from across the world.
Professor Nav Kapur from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) shares their latest findings, including real-time data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Katherine McGleenan, Suicide Prevention Lead in North East & North Cumbria ICS, and Chris Wood from Every Life Matters share the positive impact of multi-agency working during COVID-19, the product of which was a mental health and wellbeing booklet delivered to millions of homes in the region.
Tim Woodhouse, Suicide Prevention Programme Manager at Kent and Medway STP, shares work that he and his colleague Megan Abbott, Suicide Prevention Project Support Officer, have carried out on the relationship between domestic abuse and suicide using real-time surveillance data during 2020.
Dr Helen Smith, Clinical Lead for the Mental Health Safety Improvement Programme, provides theory and tips on how to scale up and spread quality improvement.
Professor Louis Appleby from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) shares their latest findings, including real-time data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Louise Thomas and Vicki Wagstaff from Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) share their progress and plans for suicide prevention since Wave 1 of the Suicide Prevention Programme, including the importance of multi-agency working and working alongside people with lived experience.
Dr Michael Doyle and Lin Harrison from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Integrated Care System (ICS), a trailblazer site on the Suicide Prevention Programme, share their progress and plans for their suicide prevention strategy. This includes their work on reducing risk in men, one of the three main priority areas identified in the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.
Monthly telephone clinics
In Wave 2 of the Suicide Prevention Programme, organisations across England joined monthly telephone clinics to seek advice and share learning about how to prevent suicide and self-harm. You’ll find the resources from the monthly telephone clinics below.
Wave 4 of the Suicide Prevention Programme started in May 2021 and includes organisations across all of England, enabling participants to join bi-monthly virtual workshops to seek advice and share learning about how to prevent suicide and self-harm. You’ll find the resources from the Wave 3 and 4 workshops below.