Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017 - 2022

All public sector partners in Salford are working together to address the devastating impact that suicide has on families and communities and ensure that suicide should always be considered an avoidable occurrence.

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We know that Salford has a number of high risk groups (which mirror some of the nationally identified high risk groups) who may have a greater risk of suicide. These groups include:

  • Males aged 40 - 59 years
  • People with multiple risk factors – e.g. carers, people in the criminal justice system, people with mental health conditions, military veterans, faith groups, people who are unemployed and people who have alcohol or drug problems.
  • People in the construction workforce
  • People from LGBT communities
  • People from BAME / refugee and asylum communities

It is important to note that not everyone who considers suicide has a mental health problem. 


In our strategy, we have six key objectives to achieve this vision:

  1. Salford will achieve the Safer Suicide Community Accreditation 
  2. Develop an awareness of suicide prevention and increase the capacity of individuals and organisations to respond to and engage proactivity with individuals in distress and individuals who are perceived to be at high risk of suicide.
  3. Provide effective support to individuals who have been affected by a suicide bereavement
  4. Build a wider partnership approach
  5. Align and / or incorporate the Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy with other strategies and programmes
  6. Making a difference – checking that our actions make a difference

You can read more about our strategy and action plan in the documents below: 

Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017-2022 

Salford Suicide Prevention Strategy Implentation and Action Plan 


Strategy launch

Salford’s Suicide Prevention Strategy is being launched between the 10th September 2017 (Suicide Prevention Awareness Day) and 10th October 2017 (World Mental Health Day).


We want to ensure that the strategy launch is meaningful to local people and that as many Salford residents as possible find out about the strategy. To achieve this, Salford CCG / Council’s Engagement Team will be at a number of events between the 10th September and 10th October. The aims of the community engagement work are:

1. To speak to local people and ascertain what level of training we should offer to businesses/individuals/ groups within their local community (e.g. pub landlords, café staff, hairdressers, barbers, sports therapists) and who we should target it at. Training approaches include:

  1. Basic awareness information - online information, myth busting, listening, not judging and where to go for support
  2. Face to face training  - one day sessions, how to help, where to go for support, how to talk openly about suicide prevention.

2. To ask where and who should receive information about suicide prevention (e.g. where should the communications be?) – This might be local community hubs (e.g. supermarkets) or on transport, social media etc. We can share this with Greater Manchester to help plan how we do communications locally and across Greater Manchester.

3. Inform Salford residents about the strategy and where they can find more information / support (