AUGUST
SUICIDE PREVENTION

700,000

DIE

BY

SUICIDE*

 1 PERSON

VERY

40

SECONDS*

1 SUICIDE

20 OTHERS ATTEMPT

SUICIDE*

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World Health Organisation

An Implementation Guide for Suicide Prevention in Countries

 

Live Life is the WHOs approach to suicide prevention. This details practical aspects of implementing four evidence-based interventions for preventing suicide. 

According to WHO the world is not on track to reach the 2030 suicide reduction targets. 

Live Life acts as a guide to support countries implement key effective evidence based interventions. 

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Recommended

Mental Health Apps

Stay Alive

This app is a pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information to help the user stay safe.

distrACT

This app provides users easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts

A Friend Asks

This app aims to teach its users how to recognise the signs that someone close to them may be thinking about suicide, and how to read out to them proactively. 

BlueIce

This app is evidence based providing help to young people to manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm. It includes a mood diary and toolkit. 

Suicide Safer

School Policy

Policy Checklist

Statement of purpose

  • Explanation of the purpose of the policy​.

  • Identification of links to other policies.

Organisation commitment

  • Organisation beliefs and commitments listed.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Key staff roles and responsibilities listed including the designated safeguarding lead details.

Support approach

  • Detailed explanation of the support provided by the organisation including early identification, education, staff training and multi-agency partnerships. This should also detail how the organisation deals with suspected or attempted suicide. 

Policy development 

  • Relevant information regarding policy reviews.

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Early Identification and Support

Schools and Colleges

Reviewing your PSHE/RSHE curriculum

Are there opportunities for early identification? Does your PSHE/RSHE curriculum include information, support and guidance surrounding suicide and negative feelings/thoughts? Are parents/carers given relevant information to support them dealing with children's mental health problems?

Policy and practice

When was your policy last reviewed? Do you have an up to date support services directory for referring pupils to?  

A response plan

There is a risk of suicide potentially being a trigger for another suicide. It is important your school has a response plan. This is necessary to maintain the structure and order of the school routine, while enabling people to grieve. 

Media statements

Do you have a single media spokesperson for the school? This person will liaise with the media ensuring that only the relevant information is given to the media. 

Recommended Support Services

and Organisations

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