Our CEO, Caroline, an adviser for a new Suicide Prevention Document published today by Public Health England.

The document  is entitled ‘Identifying and responding to suicide clusters and contagion: a practice resource’, and is for people with responsibility for suicide prevention in local authorities and their partner agencies.

The document includes:

  • the meaning of the term ‘suicide clusters’
  • identification of suicide clusters
  • suggestions for who may be at risk of suicidal acts due to the influence of other people’s suicidal behaviour,
  • the mechanisms involved in suicide clusters
  • the effects of suicide on other individuals

The steps required at local level to prepare for a suicide cluster are described alongside suggested responses to possible suicide clusters.

Finally, best practice is provided on how to evaluate responses to a cluster, and on using the experience to improve further suicide prevention measures.

For more information and to view the document, please click the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-identifying-and-responding-to-suicide-clusters

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