Mental Health Services and Suicide Reviews: learning, improving
and reducing risks
Sadly, some people in contact with mental health services do
complete suicide. The numbers are small but the effects are
devastating for relatives, friends and the staff involved. When a
suicide takes place, NHS boards need to understand what happened
and learn from any lessons identified. The lessons learnt are
important to improve services and help staff recognise where risk
Suicide reviews are the way that NHS boards, and their mental
health services, analyse what happened and recognise where anything
can be done to make things safer for other people at risk.
We want to provide you with useful information in this resource,
whether you are looking for guidance or tools to assist you through
the review process or some further information on our organisation
and other organisations we work closely with.
There are three sections:
Reporting a suicide – this explains
the process for NHS boards to report to Healthcare Improvement
Scotland, and provides process tools and templates.
Families and carers – if you are a
family member or carer who has been affected by suicide this
section explains the NHS board’s suicide review process, the role
of other organisations, and provides links to other information you
may find useful.
Community of Practice – a space
to promote learning through the sharing of experiences and provide
peer support for NHS staff involved in suicide reviews.
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