£2 million for the Zero Suicide Alliance

To reduce suicides across the NHS, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced £2 million in funding for the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) over the next two years.

The funding will aid the development of tools for the NHS and public and private partners, focusing on training, improving safety and ensuring lessons are learnt when suicides occur. The alliance will also develop their digital suicide prevention resource, capturing best practice and learning from across the UK and abroad, and explore the use of analytics to predict suicide risk.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Every suicide is a preventable death and there’s so much more we can do to reduce the number of people lost to it. The Zero Suicide Alliance’s new training and awareness tools will help health and care staff recognise the signs and step in before it’s too late, as well ensuring openness and transparency when suicides do occur. On World Mental Health Day, this funding is a vital step forward to help further reduce inpatient suicide and underlines our commitment to bring down the number of suicides everywhere.”

£25 million in suicide prevention funding was first announced in 2016.

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