New suicide prevention strategy launched in Lincolnshire

A new strategy to reduce the number of suicides amongst Lincolnshire residents using mental health and support services has been launched.

The Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) has been putting the finishing touches to its Suicide Prevention Strategy in a bid to help those accessing its services.

The strategy has been developed in conjunction with survivors of suicide, service users, carers, families and staff, and aims to support people to understand how to manage at times of crisis.

Dr Sue Elcock, LPFT Medical Director, said: “Any suicide or loss of life is tragic, and the impact it can have on families and friends is devastating.

“Our work with the local Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide group has been instrumental in helping us to also understand the needs of survivors at such a tragic time.

“There is always more to do, but our new strategy with its action plan will ensure we continue to promote recovery and quality of life through effective, innovative and caring services.”

Lincoln Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide group leader, Dianne Tetley, said: “Each year more than 6,000 people take their own life in the UK.

“We are pleased that LPFT has recognised the significance of supporting survivors of suicide and carried out this important work to help those people in distress and their families.”