We have launched a Suicide awareness e-learning video for World Suicide Prevention Day today, 10 September 2019.
The project was led by Hayley Berry, CPPE West Midlands regional manager, with Dr Hayley Gorton, senior lecturer in pharmacy practice at the University of Huddersfield, who specialises in suicide and pharmacy research.
According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2018, there were 6507 registered suicides in the UK. The proportions of men to women dying by suicide has remained at approximately three to one for many years.
The recently announced Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for 2019/20 to 2023/24 mentioned plans for suicide prevention training to be rolled out to community pharmacy teams, formalising the commitment of pharmacy to this important public health agenda.
Pharmacy professionals working in any sector can access the learning available in the video. The video aims to prompt viewers to reflect on what their role in suicide prevention currently is, and what it might be in the future. Three special guests, who speak about their experience in relation to suicide, also provide learning messages.
Viewers are also encouraged to participate in the short research survey about suicide that accompanies this learning in order to expand the limited knowledge on the topic. The links to participate are clearly marked in the learning package.
The video has been produced as sensitively as possible. It is not scripted so individuals have expressed themselves as they wish. The video does not often discuss the language used to describe suicide so please watch this in conjunction with the note relating to language.
Click here to access the video and its learning on the CPPE website.