28 January 2015
We have received a number of queries asking about AWP's input
into a national initiative called Project Zero aimed at
reducing suicide to zero. Suicide is a complex issue and is not
solely concerned with 'mental health'.
Almost three quarters of people who take their own lives are not
in contact with mental health services at the time of
death. Project Zero is therefore being run by a group of
health, social care, voluntary and other organisations called the
South West Regional Suicide Reduction Collaborative.
It is based on a successful suicide reduction programme which
ran in Detroit, USA and the Collaborative have joined together to
see what can be learnt from the US experience, and how it can be
applied locally and regionally.
You can visit their website here. We are always
looking to learn from colleagues across the country, as well as
sharing our work, so we will very much be part of Project
Zero throughout 2015 and beyond.
Work we are already doing with our partners includes:
- Joint work with acute hospital colleagues and local public
health teams to introduce 'self-harm registers' across the AWP
- Trialling a postcard follow-up scheme for people who frequently
attend A&E after an episode of self-harm.
- Improving our understanding of high suicide risk locations.
Developing projects with mental health teams to target care and
follow-up for those people most at risk of suicide.
- We will provide regular updates and information on our progress
over the next two years.
If you have a comment or question about this work, please
contact us here by following this link
and using the Contact us form on the bottom of the web
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