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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of community health and mental health services across the north east London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Essex and Kent and Medway.

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NELFT’s Suicide Prevention Strategy launches on World Suicide Prevention Day

This year’s theme was ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ so we are doing just that - taking positive action by having our own Suicide Prevention Strategy which we launched on Friday. 

The Trust Suicide Prevention Strategy objectives are aligned to the National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) and aim to reduce the suicide rate in the population of individuals that encounter our services and to provide better support for those bereaved or affected by suicide more generally. As a mental health provider and in delivering this Strategy, we will focus our efforts on eight domains. Seven areas for action as highlighted in the NSPS, as well as a Zero Suicide Ambition. 

These include: 

  1. Reduce the risk of suicide in key high-risk groups. 

  2. Tailor approaches to improve mental health in specific groups 

  3. Reduce access to the means of suicide. 

  4. Provide better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide. 

  5. Support the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour. 

  6. Support research, data collection and monitoring. 

  7. Reducing the rates of self-harm as a key indicator of suicide risk. (added to the NSPS in 2017). 

  8. Zero suicide ambition for Mental Health Acute services (added to the NSPS in 2018) 


All eight domains are underpinned by a culture of hope, recovery, growth and development.  

3 steps

We were joined at the launch by some fantastic influential speakers including Professor Rory O’Connor from the University of Glasgow who shared his research on exploring the role of loneliness and the relationship to self-injurious behaviour. We also welcomed Dr Rachel Gibbons who gave a fascinating presentation, which included the effect of suicide on clinicians. 

We also heard from Saranna who’s brother took his life a few years ago. She talked about how she did not feel that the family was listened to and how she hopes that through the launch of our strategy, these words become actions that bring about real change. We also watched a video of Saranna’s experience which highlights just how powerful and important the voice of the family is and how working together is key. 

We will be sharing more information as the weeks go by on our strategy and how we are delivering.  

Read our Suicide Preventation Strategy 2021 - 2024.

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