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Sunday 16 December 2018
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Service Evaluation at the Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention

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Suicide Awareness and Responses Training Evaluation

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust alongside Public Health and Primary Care have enabled the Derbyshire wide delivery of a National Suicide Awareness and Responses Training program adjusted for use within Primary Care. The programme is designed to increase knowledge, understanding and skills amongst clinical and non-clinical colleagues working within primary care around the identification of and responses to people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

As part of this, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are undertaking a ten to twelve month follow up evaluation of the training pilot. The evaluation seeks to explore if following the training, people feel more confident in supporting those with suicidal thoughts or behaviours and the extent to which they have been able to embed newly learnt skills within their everyday practice a year down the line.

 

  Suicide Awareness and Prevention Survey

In order to measure the impact of the Trust's Suicide Prevention Strategy, colleagues, services receivers and people in Derbyshire were given a survey asking about their thoughts and feelings about suicide and the Trusts approaches to prevention, training and support.

The Trusts Suicide Prevention Strategy aims to:

  • Reduce the risk of suicide in key high-risk groups,

  • Tailor approaches to improve mental health in specific groups,

  • Reduce access to the means of suicide, provide better information and support to those bereaved of affected by suicide,

  • Support the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour,

  • Support research, data collection and monitoring

  • Build the resilience of local communities to prevent and respond to suicides.

 

 The Trust runs the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Survey annually.

The Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention research are unable to provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis. If you are in crisis or feeling suicidal we urge you to seek help from your general practitioner, through a telephone helpline service such as Samaritans (UK telephone number 116 123 FREE from mobile/landline), or by discussing your problems with a friend or colleague. Befrienders Worldwide offers a comprehensive directory of crisis helplines worldwide. We are also not able to discuss individual cases.