Preventing suicides in public places occupies a key place in the national suicide prevention strategy. Suicide accounts for over 6,000 UK deaths each year, a third of which take place in a public place. Whilst every suicide is an unnecessary tragedy, those that occur outside the home are of particular concern because their impact extends beyond the usual circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
This study seeks to address the public health challenge of supporting members of the public to recognise and respond to possible suicidal intent in an unknown person in a public setting. Research undertaken will underpin the development of an educational campaign, which will include a leaflet, including an online version, and a script for a 90 minute face-to-face training session for staff who are likely to encounter venerable individuals. The team also have aspirations to develop the script for television, enabling greater audience reach.
Read more about the project here.