Members of York’s Health and Wellbeing board will discuss a draft suicide prevention strategy for the city when they meet on Wednesday 9 May.
The strategy sets out the work the city will look to do with the ambition of the city getting Suicide Safer Community designation and sets out the aim for York to have a year on year reduction in the number of suicides in the city.
As well as comment on the draft strategy, board members will be asked to agree that the draft strategy go out to a 12 week public consultation.
Key objectives for the strategy include:
- Reducing the risk of suicides in high risk groups
- Tailoring approaches to improve mental health in specific groups
- Providing better information and support for those affected by suicide
- Reducing rates of self harm
- Training and awareness raising.
By tackling many of the issues that sometimes lead to suicide the strategy looks at how York as a city can address the risks and triggers that can result in suicide.
The hope is that the plan will help create greater social cohesion, improved community links and availability of support leading to more open caring conversations and a desire for people to look after each other and talk to one another when they are struggling.
The presentation of the strategy comes after an audit of suicides in the city in late 2016 which found the number of suicides in York to be above the national and regional average. The findings from this audit have informed suicide prevention work and activities and have fed into this draft suicide prevention plan. (more…)