Freedom of information response

Suicide Prevention

Publication date: 
Friday 3 April 2020
Request: 

1a. Does your council have a multi-agency suicide prevention partnership in place? Please answer either Yes or No.

1b. Please give details as to the partnership(s) in place?

2a. Who has the council identified as being at-risk of suicide in your area? Please be specific in your answer by providing details such as gender, age, ethnicity and socio-economic status etc.

2b. How does your Suicide Prevention Plan target the above group(s)?

3a. What data do you collect on attempted suicides in your area?

3b. Is this data shared? Please answer either Yes or No.

3c. Which organisations is this data shared with? Please list them.

4a. How is the council supporting those people bereaved, or affected by, a suspected suicide?

4b. How is the council supporting women, aged 10 and above?

5a. Has the council identified high-frequency suicide locations? Please answer either Yes or No.

5b. What steps have been considered or taken to reduce the risk of suicide at such locations?

6a. How much money has been allocated to suicide prevention each financial year, since the launch of your Suicide Prevention Plan, until 2018/19?

6b. How much money of said budget has been spent and unspent in each financial year?

6c. How much money of said budget has been spent and unspent in each financial year to support the at-risk group(s) identified in Q2a?

6d. Please can you provide a full breakdown of how you spent suicide prevention funds in each financial year?

7a. How much money has your council allocated to mental health generally in each financial year, since the launch of your Suicide Prevention Plan, until 2018/19?

7b. How much money of said budget has been spent and unspent in each financial year?

Response: 

1a. Yes

1b.Thurrock Council are part of a suicide prevention board with Essex & Southend Councils, our main provider organisations (NELFT and EPUT), emergency service colleagues, the coroner, our CCG colleagues across the SET footprint and the mental health leads for the Mid & South Essex Health + Care Partnership. We also have a separate steering group specifically dedicated to the delivery of the programmes funded by the Wave 3 suicide prevention funding; the membership for that consists of Thurrock, Essex and Southend Council Public Health leads, CCG leads and mental health leads.

2a. Thurrock has completed suicide audits in conjunction with Essex and Southend due to the small numbers of suicides in our local authority each year. The most recent audit found that relationship issues, social isolation, financial issues, legal issues, unemployment/employment issues and ill health were noted in the cases reviewed. 73% of suicides involved males. The most prevalent age range for males was between 40 and 49 years and between 40 and 44 years for women. 83% of suicides in people aged 18-25 years involved substances such as drugs and alcohol. 

2b. We intend to set up a Community Fund for the voluntary sector to bid for monies for programmes specifically targeted towards men, and also to run a campaign for men’s mental health in conjunction with Essex and Southend partners. We also intend to run a training programme for primary care staff as they are pivotal in supporting individuals at risk of suicide. Alongside the Suicide Prevention Plan, there is a large amount of mental health transformation underway both across greater Essex and within Thurrock, part of which will incorporate a review of drug and alcohol support both within the hospital and as part of the mental health treatment pathway. There is also a large ‘mapping activity’ underway to better ascertain how wider agencies such as debt agencies, the job centre and third sector organisations work with people with mental health issues which will inform where specific training is required and highlight opportunities for improving the diagnosis rate of depression and anxiety so that residents can access support at an earlier stage.

3a. We do not collect data on attempts currently.

3b. N/A

3c. N/A

4a. We do not commission a specific service for this.

4b. N/A

5a. No. The number of suicides per year in Thurrock is too low to ascertain these, and we do not have data on attempts to identify high-frequency attempted locations.

5b. N/A

6a. We did not have a suicide prevention plan in place until after 2018/19 so this is not applicable

6b. N/A

6c. N/A

6d. N/A

7a. We did not have a suicide prevention plan in place until after 2018/19 so this is not applicable

7b. N/A

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Request reference:
FOI 9898