Health & Safety
Zero Suicide Alliance
16 November 2017
Bereaved families joined forces with over 90 NHS trusts, charities, politicians and suicide survivors to launch a new organisation and movement, the “Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA)” on 16 November 2017, at the Houses of Parliament.
The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaboration of National Health Service Trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond.
The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all.
The aims of this training are to:
- enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour,
- to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and
- to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.
The new organisation has been brought together by a common goal of ensuring suicide is taken seriously. It will work together to use the best prevention evidence to immediately reduce the number of suicides in this country. It will also encourage one million people to take the practical step of taking part in new interactive prevention training and help them save lives.
Free Training Package
The ‘Samaritans’ Suicide Statistics Report 2017 reports that 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK, which is the equivalent of 20 long haul airplanes crashing on an annual basis.
The ZSA is determined to make a stand against those shocking statistics by working together with health professionals, experts in the sector and people directly affected by suicide to move this important topic to the top of the health care agenda.
The ZSA is also encouraging as many people as possible to watch the ‘free’ on-line training package, developed with their official training partner ‘Relias’, which will give people the skills necessary to help others that may have suicidal thoughts.
The CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department is supporting the ZSA campaign as part of the Union’s overall Mental Health Strategy and is urging all CWU Reps to access and complete the on-line training.