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Suicide Prevention SLI Programme

We worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) to deliver a Suicide Prevention Sector-Led Improvement Programme for 2021/22.

In October 2018, we conducted a survey with the LGA 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.

On 17 June 2019, the Government pledged extra funding for us 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.

Together, and with the support of Public Health England, we commissioned The Samaritans and the University of Exeter to produce a report on local-level suicide prevention planning in England. The report’s findings and recommendations fed directly into this sector-led improvement programme.

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