The Health Select Committee (HSC) has today published its final report on suicide prevention containing many references to the suicide prevention work taking place across Cheshire and Merseyside.
To coincide with the release of their final report, the HSC has also issued a press release encouraging the Government to implement further actions to prevent suicide.
In July 2016 the HSC launched an inquiry into the action which is necessary to improve suicide prevention in England, and in December 2016, the Committee published their interim report on suicide prevention, with the intention of informing the Government’s updated suicide prevention strategy.
As part of the HSC’s initial inquiry last summer, a response from the Association of the Directors of Public Health (ADPH) was called upon and the ADPH subsequently requested the assistance of Champs Collaborative in recognition of the innovative work on suicide prevention undertaken in Cheshire and Merseyside.
As a result of the ADPH submission the HSC later requested a visit to Cheshire and Merseyside to learn more about the strong collaboration on suicide prevention, intervention and support after suicide and the system leadership driving the NO MORE Suicide Strategy.
Welcoming the Committee on Monday 14th November 2016 to discuss the causes of suicide and barriers to prevention, Champs facilitated rich discussion which enabled learning for all.
Key discussion areas included: Achieving a suicide safer community, interventions to transform health care to eliminate patient suicide, support after suicide to prevent further deaths and real time surveillance.
Following the visit, Chair of the HSC, Sarah Wollaston MP said, that the evidence presented was 'compelling', a sentiment later echoed in her letter of thanks to the Collaborative, adding “That the session and the group discussion in particular has really helped the Committee’s understanding of what action is necessary to improve suicide prevention in England.”
Sue Forster, Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside Suicide Prevention Board and Interim Director of Public Health at St Helens said: ‘We were extremely honoured that the Health Select Committee chose to visit Cheshire and Merseyside and that they were keen to see the best practice taking place here. The references made in their final report on the work of the Cheshire and Merseyside Suicide Prevention Network, is something we are immensely proud of. Furthermore, we are pleased to see that the recommendations made to the Government align closely with the Cheshire & Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Strategy.’
To view a copy of the information prepared by Champs for the HSC report click here.
To read the Cheshire & Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Strategy click here.
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