Suicide Prevention Strategy

Closed 25 Mar 2019

Opened 28 Jan 2019

Overview

Hounslow is home to a diverse community. Our aim is for all communities to be healthy, prosperous and happy. Our communities and services are assets that support both the health and wellbeing of our residents. However, there are factors such as social isolation, loneliness, financial stress, fear of losing safe accommodation, bullying, family separation and physical and mental illness that can make some of our residents vulnerable to self-harm and/or suicide.

In 2017, Hounslow Council and its partners formed a multi-stakeholder advisory group which was tasked with developing a strategy and an action plan aiming to increase the resilience of the general population and improve support for those who may become vulnerable and ultimately to prevent suicide.

This led to the development of the draft strategy ‘Preventing suicide in Hounslow: a strategy to save lives 2019-2022’ (see link below).

Written in partnership, the strategy will be delivered in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police, education, fire service, Department for Work and Pensions, health services as well as the internal departments of the council, namely housing, social care, regeneration and economic development. The strategy is based around seven key areas, identified as both local and national priorities.

We would like to consult with you to ask if the strategy and the seven priorities within it, are the right ones for us to deliver our aims of reducing suicide and self-harm in Hounslow.

If you would like a paper copy of the questionnaire or the strategy, then please contact us with your mailing address to send it to and indicate which format you would prefer it to be sent in (please specify if large font or ‘Easy Read’ is required).

 

What Happens Next?

The responses to the consultation post the end date will be reviewed at a multi agency meeting of key stakeholders. The findings and resulting recommendations of this group will be presented at the Health and Wellbeing Board in July 2019. The Board will then make the final approval of the Suicide Prevention Strategy. A proposal will also be taken to the Board to establish a Suicide Prevention Strategy Steering Group, which will support and monitor progress on the strategy. The Steering Group will be in place for the entire period of the Strategy, from 2019 until 2022. 

 

Where to get help if you are worried about your mental health or feel unable to cope:

West London Trust’s 24/7 helpline: 0300 1234 244

If you are worried about the immediate safety of yourself or someone you know, go to Accident & Emergency (A&E) or call 999 for emergency services.

If you or someone you know have been affected by suicide and think help is needed, you can find support here:

Cruse Bereavement Care helpline: call, 0808 808 1677 or go online at https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/helpline

Papyrus: a helpline for young people, call 0800 068 4141 or go online at https://papyrus-uk.org/

The Samaritans: call 116123 or go online at https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us

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