The West Midlands dashboard includes data on:
- Regional suicide rates in England
- Suicide rate for the West Midlands region over time
- Local authority suicide rates
- Regional levels of wellbeing
- Prevalence of mental health disorders
- Levels of deprivation
We hope that this data will support national and regional suicide prevention leads to understand the baseline position for their area and develop targeted improvement plans to help prevent people dying by suicide.
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This dashboard includes key data relating to suicide, prevalence of mental illness and risk factors for the West Midlands region. To better view the data and access further information included, click on the arrows at the bottom right of the boxes containing the charts and tables.
Our charts have been developed to include a drop down function, which can allow users to access data which has been recently released and data from previous years.
You can hover over the chart and table data to see more information e.g. the value for the region, local authority, clinical commissioning group or time period and, where appropriate, our risk rating for the area based on the methodology developed in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation in 2020.
Regional suicide rates
Suicide rates over time
Local authority suicide rates
Regional wellbeing scores
Local authority life satisfaction scores
CCG prevalence of mental health disorders
Regional prevalence of mental health disorders in children and young adults
Local authority deprivation scores
Why is this data important for suicide prevention work?
Raising awareness of regional suicide rates is important as enables you as leaders to understand the mental health crisis challenges your community faces. This data also forms a starting point for action and can be used to monitor the broader impacts of intervention work to prevent people dying by suicide.
Even though each community is different and will require overcoming different hurdles to help prevent suicide, comparisons to other regions within England encourages shared learning.
Other work we do helps facilitate this, including learning about examples of best practice and effective interventions in mental health care and suicide prevention work. You can also learn about community initiatives and how to introduce innovation at the system level to make positive and meaningful changes.
Even small changes can improve a person’s mental health and wellbeing and reduce their risk of suicide.
What can I do next?
- Explore our Suicide Prevention Resource Map - draw insights from our map of England to gain a more in-depth picture of the health, social and service related factors that may contribute to people dying by suicide in your community.
- Develop your understanding - read more of the evidence behind how these factors increase a person's risk of suicide, the impact of Covid-19 and examples of best practice.
- Find a resource and learn from others - visit our resource and case study libraries to find an innovative resource to help you take action and learn about how change can be achieved.
Case Study Library
Please click on the box links below to see details of case studies / good practice examples that may be of interest to you in your suicide prevention work.
Hampshire County Council – suicide prevention and postvention protocol for Hampshire Schools and Colleges
Australia’s Gold Coast – implementation of the zero suicide framework and suicide prevention pathway
Outcome measurement within liaison psychiatry services at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
- Public Health England. Suicide Prevention Profile. Available at: https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health/profile/suicide (accessed 19/01/2021)