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.


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 


Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership Update: May 2018


Greater Manchester Updates

Six Degrees Social Enterprise has been tasked by Greater Manchester to map the bereavement support available in each of the 10 localities in Greater Manchester. This will be a 6-9 month piece of work and the findings will inform the pilot of a service to provide practical support and to support referrals to local support in each locality. This aims to support people who have been affected by an unexpected death to reach the right support and help in a timely way.

Another Greater Manchester project is to explore a real-time data system. This would notify appropriate services that there has been an unexpected death, with the aim of getting support to people bereaved as quickly as possible. The project is looking at what is available in other areas and is currently planning the best pathway to ensure that information is shared.


Communications Update

The Partnership received an update on the work being carried out by the communications team in relation to suicide prevention. Campaigns on social media in Salford are currently focusing on Mental Health Awareness Week, issues raised by the Coronation Street storyline and the anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack. The Communications Team have developed a media pack which contains videos, gifs, pictures, tweets and facebook posts – all of which have been shared with partners across Salford. The CCG webpages on suicide prevention have experienced over 8300 visitors and the support pages have received over 2000 hits.

The Partnership also discussed the range of other types of communications available to share messages for suicide prevention.


Start in Salford – Reach Out to End Suicide

Start in Salford is running a campaign to promote suicide prevention. This work is funded through grant applications and focuses on a number of key projects which use arts to share messages of hope and support. You can find out more about the projects here:


Child Death Overview Panel

The Partnership looked at data which started to highlight the things that may impact on young people’s vulnerability to the risk of suicide. A better understanding of this will help us to plan ways of supporting people as early as possible to reduce the risk.


Audit of Hospital Attendance For Those People Aged Under 19 Years For Suicide And Self Harm

This information will help us to think about how we support young people who are presenting at A+E for self-harm. It was agreed that it would be useful to look at case examples of those people who have presented to A+E multiple times and those people who have presented once to see how support could be better structured. 


Our next Suicide Prevention Partnership will be in August 2018 and we will look to provide another update following this meeting. To be added to the email network for additional information, please contact:


Previous updates

Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership Quarterly Update November 2017

Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership Quarterly Update March 2018

Salford Suicide Prevention Partnership Quarterly Update May 2018