Suicide Prevention in the Ambulance Service

19/05/2021


At the Ambulance Leadership Forum on the 18th May, Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for England, launched a selection of publications to support ambulance services to reduce suicide. These publications are the culmination of collaborative work by colleagues in the ambulances services, The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, The College of Paramedics, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI), Public Health England (PHE), The University of East Anglia, The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC) and The Samaritans. There are three Working Together to Prevent Suicide in the Ambulance Service publications: A National Consensus Statement for England, What We Know, and Next Steps. 

Liz Harris, Head of Professional Standards, College of Paramedics said:
"I am very pleased and proud to have been part of this work with our Chief Executive Tracy Nicholls, and colleagues Jo Mildenhall and Sasha Johnson from our Paramedic Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group. These publications represent a very visible and firm step forwards towards reducing the number of our colleagues that tragically die by suicide. Special thanks go Suzanne Rastrick for commissioning this work, and to Steph Gates (NHSEI), Lindle Hindle and Sandra James (PHE) for their work on these documents and for steering the group through to publication. There is still more work to be done, and we will not stop or rest here. The excellent collaborative group work will continue under the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, and I look forward to the release of more publications coming soon from TASC and The Samaritans. The College of Paramedics will continue to be completely committed to this valuable working group and also to own project, starting imminently, to develop resources to better support the mental health and wellbeing of student paramedics and those in our profession who are newly qualified."

To read more and download the health, wellbeing and preventing suicide publications in full click here.