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(NICE) Preventing suicide in community and custodial settings

01 March 2018

This guideline covers ways to reduce deaths by suicide and help people bereaved or affected by suicides. This includes families and emergency responders, who may as a result be at risk of harming themselves.

It looks at measures that can be used in places where suicide is more likely, and at ways to identify and help people at risk.

It also covers how local services can best work together and what plans and training they need to put in place.

It does not cover national strategies, general mental wellbeing, or areas covered by other NICE guidance such as self-harm or mental health conditions.

Who is it for?

  • Health and wellbeing boards and local safeguarding boards
  • Commissioners in the NHS and local authorities
  • Organisations in the public, private and voluntary and community sectors
  • Health and social care services, particularly primary care and community services
  • Prison and custodial services, detention centres, community rehabilitation companies and the national probation service
  • National crime agency, police and emergency services
  • Education institutions
  • Families, carers and other people who have been bereaved or affected by suicide

More Draft Guidelines can be found here.

Further information on this consultation can be found here.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in contributing to this, please send your comments to Nigel Atter ([email protected]) who is leading the Society’s response, by Friday 30th March using the attached response form.

Nigel is the British Psychological Society’s Policy Advisor and works for the Policy Team.

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on Clinical opinion

If you have any queries at all - please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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