Suicide Prevention SLI Programme

October 9, 2019 in ADPH Updates, Mental Health, Publications, Sector Led Improvement by admin

The ADPH, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) are working together to deliver a Suicide Prevention Sector-Led Improvement Programme for 2021/22.


In October 2018, ADPH and LGA jointly conducted a survey with councils to identify what effective local suicide prevention planning looks like, and how national and local partnerships are working together to reduce and prevent suicide. One hundred and fifty out of 152 local authorities with responsibility for public health completed the survey. Samaritans and the University of Exeter, commissioned by ADPH and LGA with support from PHE, produced a report on local-level suicide prevention planning in England. The findings and recommendations from this report feed directly into this sector-led improvement programme.

On 17 June 2019, the Government pledged extra funding for the ADPH and LGA to deliver a three year SLI programme to support local authorities to strengthen suicide prevention plans, under a range of measures aimed at improving support for mental health.

The Programme includes a series of support elements outlined below.

National support will include a series of case studies and a national sharing event designed to provide wider and easier access to the good practice, learning and existing resources. Case studies will provide detailed examples of local and regional good practice on suicide prevention.

Additional resources developed as part of the first year of the programme are included below:

As part of the programme’s support offer, each regional ADPH network will receive a grant for SLI suicide prevention activity. This will fund coordination capacity, enabling each network to build upon strong existing suicide prevention SLI activity within the regions, reflecting regionally determined priorities.

Contact to find out more, or with any questions.
As with the first year of the programme, bespoke expert support is available for up to 15 local authorities and partners who self-identify as facing significant delivery challenges locally around suicide prevention. Peer experts can deliver a 1-day workshop on a specific delivery challenge OR peer experts can support local authority with up to 3 days of light touch support on a specific delivery challenge. An action plan will be produced for the local area to take forward to address local opportunities and challenges in suicide prevention.

Local authorities are invited to submit an expression of interest to access bespoke local support. Whilst the submission of expression of interest does not require a formal application, it is suggested to cover the following:

  • describe the suicide prevention delivery challenge to be explored by the bespoke support
  • provide evidence of local need
Expressions of interest should not exceed two pages. 

Expressions of interest are required to be supported and signed by the director of public health. It is also encouraged to seek the approval of the public health lead member and partner organisations. If expressions of interest exceed the current level of support, bespoke sessions will be allocated by the programme team based upon the criteria set out above.

Expressions of interest can be submitted to
Case studies done jointly with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance can be accessed here.
Please contact or for more information about the programme.