Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has a zero suicide ambition.
We know this is a bold ambition but we believe that suicide is not inevitable, and there are ways that our understanding and our clinical practice can continue to be improved. The zero is not a target, but rather it should be seen a challenge for us to consider. “If not zero, what is the right number?”.
It shouldn’t just be seen as something for the mental health side of our organisation, as we believe to achieve our ambition we will need the support and help of all members of staff, regardless of where they work.
It should be noted that nationally only 30 per cent of those who complete suicide are seen by mental health services in the year before their death. The messages surrounding our Zero Suicide Ambition will extend to our partners, local businesses, schools and to as many other people as possible across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This is part of the STOP Suicide campaign run by Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire (CPSL) Mind (CPSL Mind). This link directs you to the Mind website.
As CPSL Mind states on its website, the message of the campaign is: “Suicide is everybody’s business”. It seeks to alert communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to the warning signs of suicidal behaviour and reassure them that an open and honest approach to suicide is the best way to prevent it. The campaign also aims to challenge the stigma and myths around suicide. It hopes to achieve a suicide safer community.
In November 2017, the Trust signed up to the Zero Suicide Alliance, the national campaign led by Steve Mallen, the father of service user Edward, who died in 2015. The Alliance is looking to eradicate or at least reduce the 6,000 suicides in the UK every year. Link to the Alliance’s website available here and CPFT recommends everyone does the free training available on the site.