The introduction of suspected suicide learning panels in Barnsley
PHE ePoster Library. Lee D. 09/12/19; 274338; 146
Diane Lee
Diane Lee
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Abstract On average, 24 people die each year by suicide in Barnsley. Historically, suicides have been analysed through audits and although contain valuable information on trends and patterns, a limitation is the timeliness of findings. It can take a long time for the inquest to be concluded which makes it difficult for any partnership to monitor, learn and respond to suspected suicides. We also need to respond to the impact suicide has on others. Family and friends of those who have died by suicide are at increased risk of mental health problems and are at higher risk of suicide themselves. The Barnsley suspected suicide learning panel ensures that that those affected by suicide are offered support immediately.Upon receipt of a notification of apparent suicide from South Yorkshire Police, the public health team in Barnsley coordinates the completion of a confidential enquiry form covering things such as drug and alcohol use, GP prescribing, mental and physical health problems, a chronological timeline of contact with agencies and narrative as to how the deceased may have been affected by issues including debt, domestic abuse or housing. We review 4 to 6 cases at each suspected suicide learning panel and consider how Barnsley as a community could have intervened. We focus on the individual's life circumstances and consider what population level approaches might need to be considered to prevent further loss of life. There are issues which are emerging themes in Barnsley including: an increase in female suicide; alcohol use; and domestic abuse. External funding details
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