Berkshire Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017 – 2020

Author
Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager
Article date
19 October 2017
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

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.

Download the strategy here and will be available on the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults website.

The Reading Services Guide includes details of local and national organisations offering support to people affected by suicide.