vendredi 19 mai 2017

MANIFESTATION London (Royaume-Uni) 25/05/2017

Embedding a Partnership Approach to Suicide Prevention:Early Intervention and Sustained Postvention

25 mai 2017 à London (Royaume-Uni). Signalé par AED-BDSP * le 26/04/2017
Organisation Public Policy eXchange


Every person lost to suicide is a tragedy, not just for their loved ones, but to society as a whole. There were 6188 recorded suicides in the UK in 2015 (ONS). Whilst men constitute three quarters of this total, with suicide being the leading cause of death in adult men under 50, it is also the biggest killer of all people aged between 10 and 34 (Public Health England). In addition to age and gender, class is a significant factor determining an individual’s vulnerability to the psychological dynamics associated with suicide. People in the lowest socio-economic grouping are 10 times more at risk than those in the highest socio-economic group. Moreover, whilst the emotional impact of suicide and bereavement is incalculable, the estimated economic cost of each death is estimated at £1.67m, in loss of productivity, service provision and care.

In response, the Government, NHS and Executive Agencies have made a concerted effort to offer guidance on suicide prevention and enact measures aimed at reducing the number of lives lost to suicide in the UK. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (2016), accompanied by a £1bn total investment and an additional £25 million for suicide prevention, set the ambition of driving down suicide by 10 per cent by 2020/21 and ensuring that all local authorities establish a multi-agency suicide prevention plan. This was supported by Public Health England’s Local Suicide Prevention Planning, A Practical Resource (2016), advising local authorities how to establish a suicide action plan, and, Support after Suicide, A guide for Providing Local Services, (2016), designed to help commissioners, health and well being boards and others understand why postvention should be part of local suicide prevention work. More recently the Health Select Committee published their inquiry into suicide prevention with five key recommendations for a national strategy, including improved data sharing and responses to media reporting.

However, significant progress is required to realise these numerous ambitions. Suicides by people in contact with mental health services are the most preventable, yet have increased to 1329 a year in England (Preventing Suicide in England). Furthermore, despite one in ten people bereaved by suicide subsequently attempting to end their own life, two thirds of people bereaved by suicide receive no formal support from the health service or voluntary sector (Support after Suicide). Moreover, coroners’ application of criminal standards of proof to determine suicide as the cause of death is arguably resulting in unduly diminished figures. Indeed, Professor Colin Pritchard has suggested that utilising civil standards of proof, (a step supported by the Health Select Committee), would lead to a 50% increase in recorded suicides nationally.

With the recent publication of the Third progress report of the cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives, this symposium will offer public health teams, local authorities, voluntary sector representatives, mental health and primary care professionals, with a timely and invaluable opportunity to engage with the Government’s suicide prevention strategy, develop plans of action to support high risk groups and analyse how to address wider determinants of suicide and poor mental health.
Langue : Anglais,
Lieu : Central London, London.

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