We are seeking views on the draft refresh of the Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire Suicide Prevention Strategy. The consultation will run from Wednesday 10 July to Wednesday 7 August 2019 (4 weeks).
Suicide has a devastating and long-lasting impact on individuals, families, communities and society. Although rare, it is still an important cause of death: in Nottingham alone there have been 85 deaths from suicide over the last three years. Recent figures show that nationally, there are an average of 16 suicides every day. Although suicide is complex, with many causes and many risk factors, we know that it is possible to prevent suicides by identifying these risks and addressing them, as well as acting to lessen the impact of suicide on those whom it affects.
The Government has recommended that all Councils develop suicide prevention strategies to consider these risks in a local context. Nottingham City’s current strategy ends this year, and has been updated for 2019-2023. This allows us to take new developments into account. It also gives us the opportunity to re-examine what our communities’ views and priorities are.
The new strategy examines the changes in national and local policy that have occurred since the last strategy was published. It also reviews the body of research evidence around suicide prevention, updates the data on suicide, and explores what is most relevant to our population. Finally, the strategy gives our aims, ambitions and priority areas in suicide prevention. Its overall
aim is to reduce the rate of suicide and self-harm, and its five priority areas are: identifying and addressing at-risk groups; sensible use of local data; bereavement support; staff training; and working with the media.
You can have your say on the draft strategy by emailing email@example.com.