Have your say on Lambeth’s Suicide Prevention Strategy 2022-25

25 November 2021

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth’s Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan consultation runs from 19 November to 19 December. Please share your views by completing our online survey.

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Have your say on Lambeth’s Suicide Prevention Strategy 2022-25

Lambeth’s Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan describes our three-year plans to prevent suicide in Lambeth.

Suicide is the UK’s leading cause of death among 20-34 year-olds (ONS 2015), accounting for 24% of men’s deaths in this age group and 12% in women. It is also the leading cause of death among men aged 35-49 (higher than heart disease).

Risk factors

Lambeth has above-average percentages of some key suicide risk factors, including severe mental illness and substance misuse. Many factors making people vulnerable to suicide are more prevalent in times of economic instability: loss of employment, debt, relationship breakdown, substance misuse and loneliness are known contributory factors for suicide. The pandemic has increased those risks and the risk of mental ill health.

The purpose of this strategy is to provide a multi-agency framework for action to prevent avoidable loss of life through suicide. It draws on local experience and research evidence, aiming to prevent suicide and promote mental health and wellbeing.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Jim Dickson, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Adult Health and Care, said: “Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and most, if not all, didn’t have to happen. A thriving local economy, safe communities, a focus on health and wellbeing and a strong start in life can reduce some of the risks. We have developed innovative, person-centred approaches with local partnerships, and our strategy focuses as much on the wider context of mental health (as a potential risk factor) as on suicide prevention.”

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Next steps

Year 1’s action plan includes:

  • Raise awareness of crisis support, bereavement support
  • Create a bereavement group
  • Deliver the Pride in Practice programme
  • Provide regular suicide prevention training for Lambeth staff and community groups
  • Improve timely reporting of suicide, attempted suicide and self-harm highlighting prevalence among vulnerable groups.
  • Develop media campaigns to promote talking about mental health and suicide
  • Work collaboratively to improve the self-harm pathway in terms of both data collection and care.

The results of this consultation will be part of the final Suicide Prevention Strategy, to be signed off at the Health and Wellbeing Board in January 2022.