The HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) has published new operational guidance, Developing a Community Response to Suicide.
This guidance is a resource to support those tasked with developing and implementing an Inter-Agency Community Response Plan (CRP) for incidents of suspected suicide, particularly where there is a risk of clusters and/or contagion. It outlines the processes involved in preparing such plans, how they should be governed, led and when required, activated.
The main aims of this guidance are to ensure:
- Preparedness - which is key to ensuring a successful response to incidents of suspected suicide
- Foremost involvement and engagement with individuals or communities who have been bereaved by suspected suicide
- Early detection of potential related suicides
- A timely and coordinated response amongst a number of agencies
- Commitment to serving the expressed needs of the community and building on the community’s own strengths
- Robust links to existing appropriate services, supports and information sources
- Commitment to ongoing learning and the review and improvement of all practices.
Developing a Community Response to Suicide describes who should be involved in the activation of a CRP and aims to support the decision making processes at all stages of a CRP. The guidance is of particular relevance to senior managers across HSE mental health services, local Connecting for Life Implementation Oversight Groups and others who can support the activation of a CRP, such as first responders, NGOs, bereavement services and community-based agencies.
|Published by: HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention|
|Date published: 15th September 2021|