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Suicide Prevention Strategy

The Suicide Prevention Strategy is the drive to reduce local suicides is being led by a Kent and Medway multi-agency suicide prevention steering group, formed in November 2009. This group has published a Suicide Prevention Strategy for Kent and Medway.  There is an implementation plan setting out actions and accountabilities, which has already made good progress.

The Suicide Prevention Strategy has been updated following the public and stakeholder consultation in early 2015. It was recommended for approval by the Adult Social Care and Health Committee, Kent County Council July 10th 2015

The Suicide Prevention Strategy 2015 – 2020 full document can be found at the link.

The Kent and Medway multi-agency suicide prevention steering group is comprised of representation from a variety of agencies including British Transport Police,  Canterbury Christchurch University, Kent Coroners,  Kent County Council, Kent Police, Kent and Medway CCG’s, KMPT, Medway Council,  Network Rail, NHS England, West Kent CCG the Samaritans and carers. It is chaired by a Public Health Kent County Council.

If you are feeling distressed or suicidal:

Go to our NEED HELP NOW page for lots of advice and support.

  • The free Mental Health Matters helpline offers confidential emotional support and advice, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for people in Kent and Medway, on 0800 107 0160. Helpline staff are trained in counselling skills and have details of local services. You can also access online support with Mental Health Matters via the link on this website – in the right hand column.
  • Speak to someone – whether a friend, family, your doctor or the Samaritans (available 24 hours a day on 08457 90 9090, or email jo@samaritans.org)
  • People in severe distress who are already being treated by a specialist mental health team are advised to call their care co-ordinator. Anyone experiencing severe distress for the first time should see their GP who will be able to refer them to the service which can help them best.

Support is also available for people who have been bereaved, whether by suicide or other causes. Contact Cruse on 0844 477 9400 or at helpline@cruse.org.uk.

Young people who are grieving can call the Cruse young people’s helpline free on 0808 808 1677 or email info@rd4u.org.uk.

The NHS have produced information called Help is at Hand, to access this information click here.

Mind have produced a guide of how you can support someone who is feeling suicidal you can download this for free following the link.

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