The Suicide Surveillance Group met on the 23rd April to look at intelligence led suicide prevention. The following key messages were the main outcomes of the meeting:


  1. Positive engagement from key partners and the group welcomed some new members such as Merseytunnels, Highways England and NW Ambulance Service.
  2. A data-sharing agreement will be progressed ensuring appropriate level of confidentiality and governance is applied to data sharing.
  3. A Real-Time Surveillance 6 month report was presented, compiled by Steven Knuckey and Joanne Bayliss, Public Health Intelligence Analysts. Examples were provided of rapid preventative interventions by Local Authority suicide prevention leads and their multi-agency groups.
  4. The group looked at emerging themes in method and location of suicide. It was decided that the group would progress preventative action for two themes using the PHE Public Places Prevention Framework.