Network updates and outcomes
The Suicide Prevention Network involves more than 20 organisations. Our vision is to make Hertfordshire a county where no-one ever gets to a point where they feel suicide is their only option.
Review of the Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Programme
A review of the Hertfordshire Suicide Prevention Programme was carried out between December 2018 and April 2019.
Stakeholders were interviewed and were largely positive about the suicide prevention programme and its potential to develop further. They also provided several ideas for more projects to be considered. Challenges to the partnership were also shared including sustaining the enthusiasm and engagement of participants in delivering the range of desired outcomes in the action plan.
What the Hertfordshire public thinks
A survey of Hertfordshire residents revealed that they think suicide is an issue and would like to know more about what we are doing to prevent it. The survey launched 20 December 2018 via social media and ran until the end of January 2019.
749 people responded, which wildly exceeded expectations. The majority wanted more information about what we are doing to prevent suicide, with social media overwhelmingly chosen as the preferred means to be updated. 264 people (over 35% of total respondents) told us they would be interested in participating in suicide prevention work.
So what next? We are using this survey and its participants to support the development of our 2019/2020 strategy.
2018 Suicide Audit
The suicide audit aims to give a view of deaths by suicide within Hertfordshire compared to the rest of the UK. This information can be used to inform the suicide prevention strategy and planned actions.
A multi-agency group was formed to decide what data to collect, and to agree a process which would be objective, robust and consistent.
The 2018 audit includes 95 deaths between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2018. Because of the time delay between a death occurring and the inquest taking place, the majority of deaths occurred in 2017.