Public Health Wales has led the launch of a new plan to prevent suicide and self-harm in North Wales.
Public Health Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), local authorities, North Wales Police, Network Rail and third sector groups worked together to develop the strategic action plan, which aims to reduce suicide and self-harm over the next three years.
Professor Robert Atenstaedt (pictured, second from left), Consultant in Public Health Medicine with BCUHB’s Public Health Team, said: “Our team led the sub-group of the North Wales Suicide and Self-harm Prevention Group which developed the plan and also organised the launch event.
“We also contributed on the day by presenting on the plan contents, helping to facilitate the workshops and by providing administrative support. The event was a great success with other 80 stakeholders attending.”
The plan was identified as a key priority in BCUHB’s recently published mental health strategy, and will focus on priority groups across North Wales which include men in mid-life; older people with a physical illness; children and young people with a background of vulnerability; people in contact with mental health services.
Key actions in the delivery plan include improved outcomes for people experiencing a mental health crisis, further training for professionals who frequently come into contact with people at risk of suicide or self-harm and the development of data on suicide and self-harm in North Wales.
to read the North Wales Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Strategic Plan.