Cancer Alliance Backs Check In Staff Suicide Prevention Initiative Across West Yorkshire and Harrogate
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance is backing an innovative staff suicide prevention campaign targeted at more than 100,000 health, care, voluntary and community service colleagues working in organisations large and small across the area.
Launched in early February by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, as part of Time To Talk Day 2021, the campaign aims to get people in the workplace talking about mental health to prevent the risk of suicide. More than 150 organisations have already registered to get involved and have committed to making a difference.
Preventing suicide in targeted areas by 2022 is one of the Partnership's 10 big ambitions. National figures published by the Office of National Statistics on 1 September 2020 show that Yorkshire and the Humber region had the highest suicide rate in England at 12 suicides per 100,000 population over a three year period between 2017 and 2019. In West Yorkshire and Harrogate, there was an increase from 10.6 per 100,000 between 2016-18 to 11.9 between 2017 and 2019.
The Partnership has secured funding from NHS England/NHS Improvement to the end of March 2022 of more than £1million to develop and maintain a Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub for all staff working in health and care services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The campaign will link to this important support.
The Partnership’s 'Check-in' campaign' aims to prevent staff suicide and promote a wellbeing culture by normalising the conversation around suicide and mental health as well as providing training, including links to credible sources such as the Zero Suicide Alliance, and signposting to support in and out the workplace.
Co-produced with people who have direct experience of suicide, the campaign has been created by staff coming together from NHS services, councils, Healthwatch and community groups, including the Samaritans and Platform 1 in Huddersfield.