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SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY COMMISIONED

iowccg-logoIsle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned the development of a suicide prevention strategy.

The Island’s 2011/12 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment states that the mental wellbeing of the population and the social and other factors which influence people’s mental health will also have an impact on the rate of mortality from suicide. On average 16 Island residents each year die this way, and relatively small changes in year-on-year numbers can result in a considerable percentage changes in the mortality rate. The Island’s rate was relatively high between 1999-2003, then fell (improved), but has increased again since 2004-06 and in 2007-09 was one of the highest in England.

Dr Sarah Bromley, a local GP and Isle of Wight CCG Clinical executive Member said: “We want to engage with stakeholders, organisations and individuals with experience in this area to identify what is working well on the Island, what particular issues IoW residents face and what actions need to be taken to reduce suicide rates and better support individuals and communities bereaved or affected by suicide.”

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Dr Bromley continued: “Stakeholders will also have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the strategy by completing a questionnaire available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/preventsuicide. For a copy of the questionnaire please e-mail [email protected] or telephone (01983) 822099 ext 5660.”

This workshop is aimed at organisations and services that work with people who may be feeling vulnerable or feeling distress, despair or suicidal thoughts and to individuals who have been affected by suicide.   The workshop is being held as follows:

Date:     Wednesday 26th June 2013-05-20

Time:    13.00 – 16.30

Venue:  The Lakeside, High Street, Wootton Bridge, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4LJ

Registration is free. Anyone interested in attending should register their attendance please at http://iowsuicideprevention.eventbrite.co.uk/.  Anyone without access to the internet should telephone (01983) 822099 ext 5660 or write to Prevent Suicide, Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, Ground Floor South Block, St Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG.

‘Help is at hand’, a useful resource for people bereaved by suicide and other sudden, traumatic death can be downloaded from the DH Publication Orderline at www.orderline.dh.gov.uk quoting product code 302314.  More useful information can also be found on the Health Talk website at

www.healthtalkonline.org

More information about the national initiative ‘Preventing Suicide in England’ can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/156153/Preventing-Suicide-in-England-A-cross-government-outcomes-strategy-to-save-lives.pdf.pdf

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