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The national review of local suicide prevention plans

On 21 June Samaritans and University of Exeter, on behalf of the government published the first nationwide review of suicide prevention planning within local authorities in England. Its findings include:

  • Almost all local authorities have established a suicide prevention plan and multi-agency group
  • 97% of plans include work on reducing risk in men, and 70% are delivering on that
  • 92% of plans include children and young people, and 80% are delivering on it
  • 97% of plans include bereavement support, and 71% are delivering on it
  • 92% of plans include preventing self-harm, and 55% are delivering on it


Key recommendations in the report include:

  • Encouraging local authorities to work together to achieve economies of scale
  • Supporting the sharing of good practice to save time and money being spent ‘reinventing the wheel
  • Supporting local authorities to prioritise their work, considering stretched resources, and moving in to the delivery stage

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