Report – Insights from Experience: Alcohol and Suicide

Suicide Prevention Consortium
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Following survey activity late in 2021 looking at alcohol use, suicide and self-harm, the Suicide Prevention Consortium* has published a policy briefing and two-page ‘snapshot’ with findings and recommendations.
Based on survey responses from 125 people with lived experience and 33 practitioners, the briefing highlights four key findings and associated recommendations, adding value to the existing evidence base in this area. Key themes include the complex and varied relationships between alcohol and suicidality, the need for services to take a holistic approach – treating the ‘whole person’ – and the importance of compassionate care including when alcohol is a factor in a suicide attempt. Recommendations focus on integration, personalisation and improved staff awareness / understanding, alongside the need for more investment and specialist expertise.
*The Suicide Prevention Consortium is led by Samaritans and also includes the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA)Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP) and With You. As part of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, it aims to bring the expertise of its member organisations and the voice of those with lived experience directly to policymakers, to improve suicide prevention in England.
Read the full report here.”

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