Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. With recent months putting a huge strain on mental health, it’s more important than ever that we raise awareness of this issue and support our friends, colleagues and loved ones with their mental wellbeing.
Back in 2018 Investigo funded a suicide prevention research project in affiliation with Centre for Mental Health and Samaritans. The study, led by Angharad Kenward and Lisa Holberton was launched in the House of Commons last year to help drive change in the support that is available in our current healthcare system.
Our study revealed that:
Education is crucial to suicide prevention and more needs to be done to enable GPs to access effective, ongoing training.
The therapeutic relationship between patient and GP needs to be a priority.
Many GPs are not getting the support they need with their emotional wellbeing, particularly following the death of a patient by suicide.
There is little evidence of effective pathways between primary care and both clinical and social support for people who are feeling suicidal.
Many GPs face considerable challenges referring patients on to further support.