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MPS urged to support ZSA by taking suicide prevention training

Jackie Doyle-Price, the Minister for Suicide Prevention, has written to MPs asking for their support with the Zero Suicide Alliance's suicide prevention training package.

In a letter addressed to all MPs, the Minister asked her fellow Parliamentarians to complete the free, 20-minute training developed by the ZSA in association with clinicians from Mersey Care, those with lived experience of suicide and training provider Relias UK.

She asked her colleagues to "join me in this important work by completing this online training module yourself, along with your office staff.

"I would also be grateful if you could raise awareness of the ZSA and this training tool across your local communities - encouraging local services to join the zero suicide vision. This can include local NHS services, councils, other public services, schools, colleges and universities and local businesses. amongst others."

The Minister, who attended the inaugural ZSA conference in London last May, also set out the Government's zero suicide agenda the key role the ZSA will play in that.

"The Government is committed to working towards zero suicide.  We announced this ambition in 2015 and highlighted a number of areas that were doing good work in this area, including Merseyside.  Last year we asked the NHS to work towards zero suicide for inpatients and every mental health trust in the country will have a zero suicide plan in place by the end of March," the Minister wrote.

"However, I am sure you will agree with me that every suicide is preventable. Two thirds of people who die by suicide have not been in contact with mental health services prior to their death, which makes this a significant public health issue.

"Everyone can play their part in suicide prevention and even the smallest interventions can make a difference. The ZSA’s ambition is to make suicide awareness training available to everyone.  They have developed an evidence-based online training tool which is available on their website and is free to everyone."

You can access the full text of the Minister's letter here.

 

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