• 18Sep

    Tailored support should be offered to those affected by suspected suicide

    People bereaved or affected by a suspected suicide should be given information and offered tailored support, according to NICE.

    Its quality standard on suicide prevention, published on World Suicide Prevention Day 2019, covers five key ways to reduce suicide and help people bereaved or affected by suicide.

    NICE said those who are bereaved or affected by a suspected suicide are themselves at increased risk.

    Providing support after a suspected suicide can reduce this risk, especially when tailored to the person’s needs.

    The quality standard argues it is important to identify people who may need support as soon as possible so they can be given practical information and access support if, and when, they need to.

    A booklet developed by Public Health England and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance – Help is at Hand – has been highlighted as a good resource.