Mental health network

Preventing suicide through community and emergency healthcare

01 / 12 / 2011

This briefing introduces the National Patient Safety Agency's new suicide prevention toolkits for community, emergency and general practice staff.

The prevention of suicide in inpatient mental health settings has long been a focus for clinicians and managers.

Understanding what can be done in community, emergency and general practice settings to reduce the number of suicides has presented more of a challenge.

This Briefing introduces the National Patient Safety Agency’s (NPSA) new suicide prevention toolkits for community, emergency and general practice staff, launched in December 2011, and outlines their benefits for providers, illustrated by the experience of some pilot sites.

The Mental Health Network is happy to support the NPSA and the Department of Health to bring the toolkits to the wider NHS.

If you have any queries about the related documents, please contact websupport@nhsconfed.org.

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