Together is better when it comes to suicide prevention

Every local GP Practice and NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have pledged to support Doncaster Council’s suicide prevention strategy as part of the ‘working together’ theme of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September.

Having recently become a member of the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA), the organisation has made a pledge to work together with public, private and voluntary organisations to take action to prevent suicide in England and support those affected by it. This comes just a few months after the launch of Doncaster Council’s campaign ‘Another Way’ which highlights the range of organisations and individuals that people can talk to.

The alliance focuses on improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting free suicide prevention training.

The training is available to everyone, including the public, and teaches how to recognise the warning signs and safeguard someone that could be contemplating suicide.

As part of the CCG’s support of the council’s suicide prevention strategy, all 40 GP Practices across the area have pledged to complete the ZSA Prevention Training which takes only 20 minutes but could save a life.

Dr David Crichton, local GP and Clinical Chair, NHS Doncaster CCG said: “The fact that 100% of our GP Practices across Doncaster have pledged to support World Suicide Prevention Day shows how important this subject is and the commitment to make things better. Being able to talk to another person when you need support, as well as identifying risks factors for suicide early will ultimately help us save lives.”

The aims of the online training are to:

  • Enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour
  • Help people speak out in a supportive manner
  • And to empower people to signpost an individual to the correct services or support.

Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health Doncaster said: “Suicide is the commonest cause of death in young adults with many more of us experiencing occasional suicidal thoughts. Despite this, suicide is often a topic that many of us feel uncomfortable talking about and we would like to change that. We believe that all suicides are preventable. The Public Health team has worked in partnership with primary care Doncaster to deliver this campaign into the heart of local communities.”

For further information about the free ZSA Prevention Training please visit https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com