People who are vulnerable to suicide and people who self harm will be offered greater levels of support as part of a new five-year plan to reduce suicide and self harm in Wales. Cruse Cymru is a member of the Suicide and Self harm Welsh Government Advisory group who have led on the Strategy for Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm in Wales
Talk to Me 2, launched on 16 July 2015 by Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford, identifies those groups of people who are particularly vulnerable to suicide and self harm and sets out the care they should receive, provided in the right way, in the right place, at the right time. It also sets out the strategic aims and objectives to prevent and reduce suicide and self harm in Wales and builds on and complements measures set out in Together for Mental Health and the pioneering Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010.
Professor Drakeford said: “Suicide is usually a response to a complex series of factors, which are both personal and related to wider social and community influences. It is a tragedy for all concerned and is a cause of distress for many people – the individual, family, friends, professionals and the wider community.
“Our new five-year strategy is deliberately targeted at those groups of people who are particularly vulnerable to suicide and self harm. It puts in place what we expect services to do to promote, co-ordinate and support plans and programmes to reduce suicide and prevent self harm at national, regional and local levels.
“The successful implementation of Together for Mental Health, the Mental Health Measure and Talk to Me 2 will make a significant contribution to the prevention of suicide and self harm in Wales.”
Each year in Wales between 300 and 350 people die from suicide-about three times the number killed in road accidents. There are approximately 5,500 hospital admissions for self harm every year. Cruse Cymru supported 307 people who were bereaved by suicide in 2014/2015.
Janette Bourne, Director of Cruse in Wales said: “Cruse Cymru welcomes the Strategy and will continue to support to support those people bereaved by suicide throughout Wales. Cruse knows only too well the effects a suicide has on a family and loved ones and will continue to develop support services to ensure those bereaved by suicide have somewhere to turn to at this very difficult time.”
The suicide and self harm prevention activities, which will be a national priority in Wales over the next five years, include:
- Delivering appropriate responses to personal crises, early intervention and management of suicide and self harm;
- Further improving awareness, knowledge and understanding of suicide and self harm among the public; people who frequently come into contact with those at risk of suicide and self harm and professionals in Wales;
- Providing information and support for people bereaved or affected by suicide and self harm;
- Supporting the media in the responsible reporting and portrayal of suicide and suicidal behaviour;
- Reducing access to the means of suicide;
- Continuing to promote and support learning, information and monitoring systems and research to improve understanding of suicide and self harm in Wales and guide action.
Cruse Cymru is working in partnership with Samaritans Cymru over the next three years to offer jointly facilitated group sessions. The programme is called Facing the Future, and will contribute to the prevention strategy Talk to Me 2.
If you need to talk to someone, please contact the Community Advice and Listening Line (CALL) on Freephone 0800 132 737 or text HELP and your question to 81066.
You can also contact the Samaritans on 08457 909 090 or the Cruse Bereavement Care helpline on 0844 477 9400.