Local authorities must have suicide prevention plans, says parliamentary reportBMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f645 (Published 30 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f645
- Ingrid Torjesen
The government should require the public health teams of local authorities to develop and implement strategies to prevent suicide, a parliamentary report has recommended.
Currently local authorities are under no obligation to take action on suicide. More than a quarter (27%) of local authorities in England do not have a specific suicide prevention strategy, found an investigation by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention. Meanwhile the suicide rate in England is rising as a result of the economic downturn, the group said.
The group’s report, launched at parliament on 29 January, recommends that local authorities should be required by the government to develop a suicide prevention plan, led by the director of public health or a senior member of the public health team.1 The …