On average 13 people in England kill themselves every day.

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Across the UK, suicide is the leading cause of death in men under the age of 50, young people and new mothers.

The organisation Suicide Is Preventable has produced the national suicide prevention strategy which identifies seven priority areas for reducing instances of suicide. These are:

  1. Reducing the risk of suicide in high risk groups
  2. Tailoring approaches to improve mental health in specific groups
  3. Reducing access to the means of suicide
  4. Providing better information and support to those bereaved by suicide
  5. Supporting the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour
  6. Supporting research, data collection and monitoring
  7. Reducing the rates of self-harm as a key indicator of suicide risk

Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility. No one person or agency can reduce suicide rates in isolation. It requires input from the public as well as a collaborative approach from statutory, voluntary and community groups; police, fire, ambulance, public health, substance misuse services as well as children and young people’s services. Suicide prevention requires a community-wide approach.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

If you are struggling and need someone to talk to confidentially, contact the Samaritans

116 123

www.samaritans.org

jo@samaritans.org

 

The Devon Approach

In Devon, we subscribe to a collaborative approach for suicide prevention and adopted the approach recommended by The National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

Coordinated through Devon County Council, our strategic group on suicide prevention meets to review and update the Devon Suicide Prevention Implementation Plan on a regular basis, with The Devon and Torbay Suicide Prevention Alliance and its members coordinate the practical implementation of the plan.

In working with partner agencies and the general public, the objective is to create a safer suicide community through raising awareness, training, courageous conversations and challenging the stigma and guilt associated with suicide (now and past instances).

WHO CAN I SPEAK TO?

Devon and Torbay Suicide Prevention Alliance

Raising awareness of suicide and its impact on those involved in supporting suicide prevention.

www.dtspa.co.uk

Pete’s Dragons

Provides support to those affected by suicide loss.
www.petesdragons.org.uk

01395 277 780

hq@petesdragons.org.uk

Samaritans

Confidential listening service for people needing to talk to someone about problems.

www.samaritans.org
www.samaritans.org/branches

116 123

jo@samaritans.org

Mind Exeter and East Devon

Promotes emotional and mental wellbeing through positive recovery-focused services and
projects.

www.mindex.org.uk

01392 210122

central@mindex.org.uk

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide helps individuals overcome the bereavement of a suicide.

www.uksobs.org

0300 111 5065 

sobs.support@hotmail.com

Papyrus

Confidential help and advice for young people and anyone worried about a young person.

www.papyrus-uk.org

0800 068 41 41

Text: 07786 209697

pat@papyrus-uk.org

You can view and download for your own use all the latest campaign materials on suicide prevention here.