Taking the Zero Suicide Approach in Warwickshire

In 2013 and 2014 Warwickshire Coroners recorded 105 cases of death by suicide. Fifty one people were killed in road accidents in Warwickshire during the same time period, reflecting the fact that deaths from suicide are the leading cause of death for males in three age groups (5-19, 20-34 and 35-49 years).

The new Suicide Prevention Strategy for Warwickshire was launched on Wednesday 30th November at Leamington Spa Town Hall. The strategy regards every death by suicide as potentially preventable, and outlines plans and priorities required to reduce the number of deaths by suicide across the county.

There was representation from key partners across the County, including mental health services, 3rd sector organisations, GPs, local authorities and experts by experience attended the event.

Watch the event video to find out more youtu.be/FfQ_LRcazkw

The Warwickshire Strategy outlines a broad ambition to reduce suicides to zero – this will be achieved through a range of actions, including:

  • Providing specialist suicide prevention training for GPs
  • Targeted suicide prevention campaigns in the community
  • Partnership working with our Specialist Mental Health services provided by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
  • Working with our local media to deliver sensitive reporting on suicides and suicidal behaviour
  • Reducing the impact of suicide on survivors, families and the bereaved.

Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “Every death by suicide is a tragedy and impacts families, friends and the wider community. This strategy affirms the council’s commitment to working with our partners to reduce the rates and provide better support for those bereaved.”

Cllr Alan Webb, Warwickshire County Council’s Chair of the Adults, Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee added:“Death by suicide is everybody’s business and we all have a role to play in achieving the zero suicide target set out in the strategy. ”

Useful websites

For information about a range of mental health and wellbeing services available in Warwickshire, please visit: warwickshire.gov.uk/mentalhealth

You may also find it helpful to view the Suicide Prevention campaign for Coventry and Warwickshire, targeted at men: ittakesballstotalk.com

If you are struggling to cope, please call Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of the nearest branch. Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.

Further information regarding the services Connecting with People offer can be found at connectingwithpeople.org