ENGLAND: Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Trust Develops New Suicide Plan

March 17, 2017

News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News

BBC News

Following an increase in suicide deaths in the community, the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) has drawn up a new suicide prevention strategy. Developed with input from patients, caregivers, and staff, the strategy aims to increase levels of support offered to male patients and families. It also establishes measures for ensuring patient safety upon discharge, providing information on suicide risk to community members, and training staff in suicide risk assessment and prevention. “The strategy strengthens pledges which are already in place at the trust—to consistently deliver good standards of fundamental care,” said NSFT Director of Nursing Jane Sayer. “It also describes a range of further steps we will take to reach our ambition of reducing the number of people in our care who take their own lives. This includes developing the skills and knowledge of our staff.”

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