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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategies

Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and partner agencies – Hampshire Constabulary, Isle of Wight Council (including social care and public health) and Isle of Wight NHS Trust consulted on two important strategies. 

The consultation sought to establish what is needed over the next five years to ensure that Island residents have good mental health and support, when required. This was supported by the Island’s Health and Wellbeing Board and the – ‘My Life A Full Life’ programme.

Following extensive stakeholder engagement with organisations and individuals affected by mental health and suicide across the Island the Clinical Commissioning Group has published, on behalf of the Health and Wellbeing Board, two draft strategies:

  • Isle of Wight Mental Health Strategy 2014-2019
  • Isle of Wight Suicide Prevention Strategy 2014-2019

The strategies are available to download below.

Mental Health Strategy
 
The Mental Health Strategy looks at mental health and wellbeing on the Island and in particular focuses on vulnerable groups such as looked after children, people with long term conditions, older people, people known to the justice system and veterans.   The strategy identifies three priorities:
 
  • Prevention and early intervention.
  • A focus on recovery.
  • Reducing the stigma and discrimination.

Suicide Prevention Strategy

The two main aims of the Suicide Prevention Strategy, which sits under the Mental Heath Strategy, are:

  • Reduce the suicide rate in the general population on the Isle of Wight.
  • Increase support for those bereaved or affected by suicide.

The strategy looks at both national and local policies and outcomes and considers some priority areas including:

  • Reducing the risk of suicide in high risk groups
  • Improving mental health in specific groups
  • Reducing access to the means of suicide
  • Better information and support for those bereaved or affected by suicide
  • Support for media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behavior

     

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