The Berkshire Suicide Prevention Strategy has an ambition to reduce the number of deaths by suicide by at least 25% by 2020.
The strategy ” seeks to save lives lost to suicide through its prevention, and to improve the health and wellbeing of those bereaved by suicide. It also includes more general whole-population actions aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing as contributing factor that prevent suicide”
“Suicides are tragedies for all involved. For every person who dies by suicide at least 10 people are directly affected. Support for those bereaved, including the professionals who deal with the suicide, is vitally important”
The strategy has been adopted by the CCGs and local authorities Health and Wellbeing Boards across Berkshire and was officially launched at an event in Wokingham on 17th October. The Local Authority Suicide Prevention Leads for Reading are Rojina Manandhar and Janette Searle.
The Reading Services Guide includes details of local and national organisations offering support to people affected by suicide.