Suicide prevention wave 4 funding: stakeholder engagement west Essex
Posted on: July 9, 2020
To seek west Essex stakeholder feedback on investment opportunities for suicide prevention.
NHS England is investing £25 million nationally on suicide prevention. Local health systems have been funded in waves with Hertfordshire & West Essex being in wave 4 with funding available from 1 st April 2021. The priority areas are set by NHSE (see below).
Hertfordshire and West Essex response
HWE will be funded from 1 st April 2021 and has funding for 3 years. The value of the fund is £303,000 for each of the 3 years. HWE will have to submit its proposals for approval by NHS England in December. The HWE wave 4 planning group is keen to seek feedback from local stakeholders as to the best ideas for spending the fund.
Priorities set by NHS England
Proposals must focus on:
- Men (highest risk group is middle aged men)
- Self-harm (all age)
- Primary Care (general practice)
- Secondary Mental Health Care quality improvement initiative
Bereavement/post vention is excluded as there will be a separate funding stream for this.
Proposals may focus on suicide crisis or underlying risk factors; from research and local audit:
- Men are more likely to take their own life than women (3:1).
- Middle age men are most likely but also peaks in older men and young adults.
- A quarter of people who take their life are known to mental health services.
- Stressful life events can also play a part; these include:
- the loss of a job;
- debt (including gambling) and financial insecurity
- living alone, becoming socially excluded or isolated;
- family breakdown and conflict including divorce and family mental health problems;
- Other characteristics for vulnerability to suicide include
- self harm;
- specific occupations such as doctors, nurses, veterinary workers, farmers and agricultural workers;
- known to the criminal justice system
- survivors of abuse or violence, including sexual abuse;
- people living with long-term physical health conditions;
- people with untreated depression;
- people who are especially vulnerable due to social and economic circumstances;
- people who misuse drugs or alcohol;
- lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people;
- Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and asylum seekers.
- Stigma, prejudice, harassment and bullying can all contribute to increasing an individual’s vulnerability to suicide.
Examples of spend from the wave 1, 2 & 3 sites include:
- Community fund/ micro grants (aimed at men); for examples see
www.healthierlsc.co.uk/suicide/suicide-prevention/innovation-fund-projects and www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/99701/Suicide-prevention-transformation-proposal-2018-to-2019-compressed-1.pdf
- Campaigns and communications (aimed at men); for examples see www.facebook.com/nevertoolatemate and ittakesballstotalk.com and 12th-man.org.uk
- Suicide prevention and self harm training – aimed at General Practice, other NHS such as A&E and ambulance staff, other public sector such as housing & employment teams, community and voluntary sector
- Self harm – extending the Essex Self harm toolkit for schools & young people to a wider audience; rapid referral from A&E to psychotherapy service
We welcome your feedback by 19th August. Please send to Sinini Newton – Business Support Assistant [email protected]
Please tell us you / your organisation, your priorities & proposals for investment, which of the 4 priority groups your proposal is about.
All the responses will be collated along with responses from Hertfordshire engagement and presented to the Herts & West Essex Mental Health Programme Board on the 8th September for discussion.
N.B Suffolk and North East Essex were in wave 2, and Mid & South Essex in wave 3. This engagement is for West Essex (& Hertfordshire). Organisation with pan Essex interests can give feedback but any suggestions taken up will be delivered in West Essex only.