Samaritans’ response to draft guidance from NICE on preventing suicides in public spaces and prisons

“Three times more people die by suicide than in road accidents. These draft guidelines should help to highlight this devastating loss of life and increase understanding of what councils, education, businesses, prisons and others can do together to prevent it, because suicide is everybody’s business.

“We particularly welcome the recognition given to prominent public health campaigns, including in workplaces, schools, colleges and universities. These need to help people understand when someone may be suicidal, empower those struggling to ask for help and encourage those who can support them to take effective action to save lives.

“We’re also pleased to see a focus on making high frequency locations safer, e.g. by putting up physical barriers, which we know can be effective in interrupting suicidal behaviour.

“But, for these guidelines to have any impact, they have to actually be implemented, and targeted at those at greatest risk. That will take increased government funding and resources, in particular in areas where individuals and communities are facing deprivation. As we highlighted in our report, Dying from Inequality, suicide is an inequality issue and we need money and political will to address that, not guidelines alone.”

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland

The draft guidance is available to read in full here.

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