Social Care Referrals and Family Support

Herefordshire and Worcestershire suicide prevention programme

Our vision for Herefordshire and Worcestershire is that no person should feel ashamed or must sit alone with their thoughts of suicide. Everyone in this situation should know that they are not alone, and that suicide is not their only option.

About the programme

Funded by NHS England, the national programme was set up a couple of years ago to work with teams in local areas with the highest level of need to support them to strengthen their local suicide prevention plans, to improve safety and ultimately reduce suicide and self-harm rates. For more information see Implementing the Mental Health Forward View from NHS (opens in a new window).

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs), Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been brought into the programme through 4 waves.  Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP have received wave 3 funding which made it a possible to launch the Herefordshire and Worcestershire suicide prevention programme which will run until November 2023.

The programme is about early intervention and provision of prevention in everyday settings specifically targeting middle aged men.

We want to foster communities that create and promote opportunities for those struggling with their emotional health to get help before a crisis point is reached. This is particularly important for groups of our population such as middle-aged men who may be less likely to access formal healthcare support around mental health.

Our aims

  • to remove the stigma associated with experiencing suicidal thoughts (especially for men)
  • to improve people’s awareness and education of suicide in our local communities
  • to enable people in the community to identify others who may be feeling suicidal and offer signposting
  • to create and promote opportunities within communities to help those at risk of and affected by suicide
  • respond to emerging patterns in local suicide data, undertake regular programme impact reviews and disseminate useful learning across the wider suicide prevention network

What we are doing now

While anyone at all can be affected by suicide, we know that suicide does discriminate. Gender, occupation, ethnicity, income, and deprivation can (and do) impact the likelihood of someone taking their own life in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Our programme plan is being developed with the most vulnerable people and places in mind to tackle these inequalities. Everyone experiencing suicidal thoughts, no matter what their background or situation, should be empowered and able to access appropriate help and support. We are listening to communities, mapping services and collaborating with partners to inform our planning to ensure initiatives are successfully embedded.

Contacts

For more information about the programme please contact the suicide prevention team at suicidepreventionprogramme@worcestershire.gov.uk.

National Suicide Programme

Royal College of Psychiatrists