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Added 11 April 2023

On this page are good practice examples and shared resources from organisations who have experience with suicide prevention. These resources are a great opportunity to discover good practice from other organisations, with a range of policy examples and guidelines for services to consider.

You can also access resources on how to support people at risk and on developing suicide prevention policies and procedures via our landing page, Suicide Prevention and Postvention.

The Westminster Homeless Health Coordination Project, Museum of Homelessness and The Suicide Crisis Centre have all created resources on good practice. Note: rob: in which space?)

Evolve

Evolve Housing + Support provides accommodation and support services to homeless people, some of whom will engage in risky behaviour and/or be at risk from others.

Due to the level of need amongst those who use our services, it is likely that colleagues will at some point need to deal with an incident.

These documents will support services in creating their own policies and procedures.

While people from all sections of the population experience suicidal thoughts and feelings and die by suicide, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are at particular risk

Landworks

These documents from Landworks, cover simple steps for suicide prevention and an example of a suicide safety policy.

Also, in this 15 minute video, Elli Target talks about how Landworks have embedded suicide prevention work in their every day work with a vulnerable client group.

Suicidal thoughts do not inevitably lead to suicide. Suicide is best understood as an interplay between a range of risk factors across psychological, social, and biological domains.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has created a Suicide Prevention Framework to equip staff and services more effectively in suicide prevention.

You can read more about this process and the resources created from it, in the downloads below.

Does your organisation have a policy and/or protocols to reduce the risk of suicide?

It is important that staff working for organisations that support homeless people who are at higher risk of suicide understand when and how a person is at risk of suicide, and can tap into organisational awareness and protocols to respond appropriately.

EASL and GlassDoor have created a set of questions for services to consider.

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Jo Prestidge

Head of National Practice Development

Jo is Head of National Practice Development at Homeless Link.