The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Everyone can make a difference to others who have reached the point of wanting to end their lives.

Preventing suicide in targeted areas by 2022 is one of WY&H HCP’s 10 big ambitions. National figures published by the Office of National Statistics on 1 September 2020 show that Yorkshire and the Humber region had the highest suicide rate in England at 12 suicides per 100,000 population over a three year period between 2017 and 2019. In West Yorkshire and Harrogate, there was an increase from 10.6 per 100,000 between 2016-18 to 11.9 between 2017 and 2019.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for WY&H HCP said: ‘While people at risk of suicide may try to hide how they are feeling, they often give out warning signs, when at work. You might notice changes in their behaviour or be aware of events in their life that could be affecting them. Many of us may be unsure what to say, or how to approach the situation. By knowing what to look for, having the skills and confidence to have a conversation and provide support, you can make a huge difference to someone’s life. I’m urging everyone to get involved so they know the signs and how to respond by doing the online training provided at https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training

If you are worried about someone and need urgent advice please visit the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/feelings-symptoms-behaviours/behaviours/help-for-suicidal-thoughts/

Responding to staff who are suicidal.

The Trust have produced a flowchart to help you support staff who are suicidal. It guides you through what you should do and what support is available. CLICK HERE       

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Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service

Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service is a postvention service in Leeds, West Yorkshire UK. We support people who have been bereaved by suicide and have a variety of different methods of support available.

For further information visit Leeds Suicide Bereavement Services Website.