Agenda item

Draft Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Brent and Harrow Councils

Report of the Director of Public Health


The Board received a report which set out the public health approach taken to develop a borough wide Suicide Prevention Plan with partners, in line with the national strategy ‘Preventing Suicide in England:  A cross government outcomes strategy to save lives’.


An officer introduced the report stating that the focus for 2019-20 was a reduction in the risk of suicide in men in Brent and Harrow and children and young people.  Attention was drawn to:  the funding available to work with people affected by suicide in order to set up pathways and systems; a high priority would be to work with next of kin; and that the training offer was scheduled around mental health and suicide.  With regard to the identification of a pattern of male suicide aged 40-50, the action plan included the exploration of opportunities to promote suicide prevention for businesses, workplaces and the community.


The Board was advised that London’s first multi-agency information sharing hub was now live which enabled vital information to be securely shared to enable effective bereavement support and the improvement of suicide prevention work throughout London.  However access to the documents was not possible in the absence of the named person which needed to be addressed.  It was hoped that additional granular data such as age and, ethnicity would be available in the future.


The Board was advised that raising awareness was part of the Safeguarding Boards’ plans and would be the theme of the conference to be held on 31 January 2020.


In response to a question, the Harrow Borough Director, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust advised that CNWL funding for Crisis Haven covering 3.00 pm to midnight had gone out to tender with the aim of diverting attendance from A&E.


In response to questions, the Board was informed that:


·                     all designated Safeguarding Leads in schools had received training from Papyrus and the Molly Rose Foundation.  Every school had a policy regarding social media and Safeguarding Leads had been trained.  Whilst schools were working with parents, it was recognised that more needed to be done and to this end it was a theme of the Safeguarding conference;


·                     the first step with regard to mental health was contact with a health professional and then crucial that they were listened to;


·                     the thrive 20 minute online training was an excellent resource but it needed to be recognised that it was emotionally demanding and could invoke a lot of responses from the recipient.  Organisations were encouraged to share the training;


·                     work was being undertaken with Young Harrow Foundation to lead and help raise awareness with the community and parents.  The next meeting aimed to firm out responsibility and will look at the resources and support available.  There was not a specific budget for this work;


·                     the information received from the coroner was restricted to the gender of the person;


·                     there was not an explicit action plan for a target reduction.  Alignment with the 5 year mental health view was needed.


A Member referred to the availability of self harm admission numbers and suggested that information on the number of presentations to hospitals for self harm who were not subsequently admitted would be useful.


In conclusion, the Board was advised that the developing action plan would be submitted to the Board for a co-ordinated response and subsequent review.




(1)          the development of a Suicide Prevention Plan and the process of developing the Action Plan be supported; and


(2)          it be agreed to review the final Plan and its implementation once developed.

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