National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA)

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. If we work together, suicide can be prevented. The National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) is a cross-sector, Englandwide coalition committed to reducing the number of suicides in England and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide.

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About the NSPA

The NSPA want to get all parts of society working together to take action to reduce suicide and improve the support for those affected by suicide.

  1. Reducing stigma: We want all parts of society talking about suicide and taking action to maintain good mental health, so that it is as normal as talking about and maintaining physical health.
  2. Encouraging help-seeking: We want more people who are experiencing emotional distress to seek help before they become suicidal.
  3. Providing the appropriate support: We want to ensure that when people in emotional distress seek help, they receive appropriate support from the people or organisations they approach and that they are offered appropriate options.
  4. Reducing access to means: We want it to be harder for people experiencing severe emotional distress to have access to the means to take their own life.
  5. Reducing the impact of suicide: We want to ensure that people affected by suicide get the support they need to cope with the impact on their life.
  6. Improving data & evidence: We want there to be better official data about suicide in England and more evidence about effective suicide prevention. Those working in suicide prevention should find it easier to obtain this data and evidence.
  7. Working together: We want organisations with an interest in suicide prevention collaborating with each other to make a bigger difference.

The NSPA will build upon the shared aims and priorities developed under the Call to Action

NSPA Conference 2019: Suicide prevention across the life course

The NSPA’s national suicide prevention conference brings together over 200 people with a professional and personal interest in suicide prevention to share the latest research and good practice, promote collaboration and enable networking.

The theme for this year's conference is 'Suicide prevention across the life course'. They will reflect on preventing suicide in children and young people, those of working age, and older adults - hearing from academics and practitioners about their understanding and experience of working with these different groups. In their workshops you can hear more detail about suicide prevention and bereavement activities from across the country and explore how to take that learning back to your own work.

Confirmed speakers include: 
Professor Louis Appleby, National Director for Mental Health in England and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester – Reflections on the national strategy

Professor Ellen Townsend, Professor of Psychology at the University of Nottingham – The risks and protective factors around suicide in children and young people

Professor Nav Kapur, Head of Research at the Centre for Suicide Prevention at the University of Manchester – The risks and protective factors around suicide in people of working age

Xenia Koumi, Project Officer at City of London Corporation - The risks and protective factors around suicide in people of working age

Professor David Owens, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds – The risks and protective factors around suicide in older adults

Bookings will be open soon. You can register an interest in attending the conference by emailing, and you can find out more on their website.

The NSPA Annual Review

The NSPA publishes their annual reviews here, their reviews set out the NSPA’s work and achievements, as well as showcasing the achievements of their members.