Agenda item

Suicide Prevention

Ruth Fletcher-Brown, Public Health Specialist, to present an update on suicide prevention.


The Chair invited Ruth Fletcher-Brown, Public Health Specialist to give a presentation and update on suicide prevention.


It was outlined that responsibility for suicide prevention action plans sits with local government (in England) but this cannot be achieved without working with partners.


At Place RMBC work with:

·       People with living experience

·       South Yorkshire Police

·       NHS SY ICB (Rotherham)

·       Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

·       RDASH 

·       Rotherham Samaritans & other Voluntary and Community Sector organisations

·       Rotherham United Community Trust


South Yorkshire ICB

       People with living experience

       Public Health Leads for all 4 Local Authorities

       NHS SY ICB

       Acute Trusts

       Mental Health Trusts

       SYP & British Transport Police

       Yorkshire Ambulance Service

       Office of Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID)

       Primary Care


Further details were given in the slides of the rates of suicide (standardised per 100,000) from 2001-03 to 2019-21 for Rotherham compared with England; disaggregated on the basis of male:female; and comparators against CIPFA nearest neighbours.


What’s working well- Rotherham

       New Be the One film launched September 2022

       Continued promotion of Place Guidance document for staff and volunteers on responding to people at risk of suicide

       309  frontline staff and volunteers have attended suicide prevention, self harm and mental health awareness training in 22/23

       Suicide Awareness session delivered for primary care in March 2023

       Suicide Awareness session in Safeguarding Awareness week, November 2022

       Distribution of ‘Walk with Us’ resource to all schools (124) , colleges, early years, cyp services, voluntary and community organisations (70) and all childcare providers

       Early Help delivery of self harm awareness sessions for parents and carers

       Early Intervention and prevention work- as evidenced in the Prevention Concordat application

       Joint working with domestic abuse colleagues

       Peer to peer support groups (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Andy’s Man Club and ASK)

       ICB Rotherham commissioning Qwell, the online mental health platform for adults


What’s working well- South Yorkshire

       Strong partnership working- all 4 LAs, SYP, NHS and Voluntary and Community Sector

       Second memorial event for families bereaved by suicide in December 2022

       Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide groups (SOBS) in all 4 LA areas

       Real Time Surveillance including work with Yorkshire Ambulance Service

       Reducing access to means

       Joint working on themes and addressing the needs of vulnerable and at risk groups.

       Launch of ‘Walk with Us’  toolkit. Winner in the LGC Award Public/Public Partnership category.


What are we worried about

       Increasing pressure on individuals and families

       Support for people who had attempted suicide

       Yorkshire Ambulance Data for SY data shows that the anxiety was the highest presenting final working impression

       Rotherham’s response to the NICE guidance in relation to self harm

       Capacity for comms and engagement activity

       Support for peer-to-peer support groups going forwards

       Changes to the SY Real Time Surveillance System meant that the onus is on staff from across the partnership to promote Amparo

       Launch of the Attempted Suicide Prevention service


What needs to happen next and when

       Partners to review the Traumatic Bereavement Pathway for children and young people- May 2023

       Further specific actions to address needs of vulnerable and at risk groups- specifically transitions

       Launch of the Attempted Suicide Prevention service- Autumn 2023

       There have been 412 referrals to the ZSA training through the Be the One website to date. Further promotion of Zero Suicide Alliance Training- ongoing

       Targeted work on themes and vulnerable groups identified through real time data- ongoing

       Promotion of mental health support to children, young people and adults in Rotherham- ongoing

       Targeted Comms campaigns as part of Be the One- summer 2023

       Review action plan in light of the anticipated national strategy- Summer/Autumn 2023


The Chair offered his congratulations on behalf of the Board for the recent LGC Award in the Public/Public Partnership category for its ‘Walk with Us’ toolkit.


Resolved: That the update be received.


Supporting documents: