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;
    • bereavement;
    • family breakdown and conflict including divorce and family mental health problems;
    • imprisonment.
  • 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;
    • veterans;
    • 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:

Next steps

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.

Author: Steering Member
Categories: Consultations, Funding, Opportunities

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