New suicide prevention plan and funding for Derbyshire

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Health staff will be better equipped to help prevent suicide and support bereaved families thanks to £48,000 funding from Derbyshire Council.

The money will allow a successful training programme, which has been found to help staff identify likely suicidal behaviour, prevent deaths and better support those affected, to continue until 2018.

The county council has been co-ordinating local suicide prevention work since it took over responsibility for public health last year.

A key part of the work now underway in Derbyshire is to develop a local suicide prevention plan in partnership with other councils, health agencies and voluntary groups.

It will identify local problem areas to better target mental health improvement work, research and monitor trends and publicise suicide prevention and support services.

The work is part of the national suicide prevention strategy to reduce suicide rates and provide better support for people affected or bereaved by suicide.