We’re working with governments across the UK and the Republic of Ireland to reduce suicide.
Every nation in the UK and the Republic of Ireland has a strategy for suicide prevention. We’re working with them to make sure their plans are as effective and ambitious as possible.
Good progress has also been made locally – nearly every local area now has a suicide prevention plan in place.
The latest statistics show that some of these changes are starting to have real impact and are helping to save lives. But there is still a long way to go.
To deliver effective national strategies policy-makers should:
- Set out ambitious targets for suicide reduction, particularly amongst vulnerable groups, to drive forward change across government.
- Prioritise action on suicide prevention across government departments and set out clear cross-government processes for implementation, governance and delivery.
- Provide ambitious leadership, resources, guidance and support to enable local policy-makers to put effective plans in place.
- Set out ring-fenced funding for suicide prevention and direct this towards evidence-based interventions that support the most vulnerable groups.
Local policy-makers should:
- Develop and deliver strong local plans, that bring together people across local areas,
- including public health, emergency services, commissioners and health professionals.
- Work in partnership with national governments, the voluntary sector, health professionals and academics to research and develop the solutions that best deliver change.
Download our policy briefing for more information.