01 Feb 2018
The Health and Social Care Secretary, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, spoke at the National Suicide Prevention Alliance conference yesterday in London to discuss a national mission for “zero suicides.”
Mr Hunt says this will include more in-depth reviews of each patient death by suicide in the NHS, and ensuring all staff are alert to patient and environmental risks, such as features of wards which could be used in a hanging. He also says there will be an additional £25m in funding to support these efforts and that all NHS mental health organisations will need to draw up detailed plans to achieve zero suicides.
In response, the Trust’s view is:
“At West London Mental Health NHS Trust we are willing to play a big role in supporting this initiative from the Health Secretary on suicide prevention. We already have a strategy and only last week we trained the staff of the local MP in Hammersmith in mental health first aid including suicide awareness.
We also have the Zero Suicide Alliance materials on our website and work with our local authority colleagues in supporting their activities. Mr Hunt came to our Trust in January and we pledged our support to reducing suicides – and we do so again in support of his announcement.”