In September 2015, Mersey Care a community and mental health services trust in Liverpool pledged to bring its suicide rate down to zero amongst its patients by adopting a ‘Zero Suicide’ policy.

The foundations for Mersey Care’s zero suicide policy is built on four key strands, with each one as important as the other in changing the working culture within the Trust. The emphasis was on working better and revising current practices rather than adding to already heavy current workloads.

Dr David Fearnley, Mersey Care’s Medical director, emphasized the importance of everyone in the organisation being properly trained in suicide prevention saying: “You may think in community and mental health based services that everyone is highly qualified to talk about suicide and difficult subjects, but that isn’t the case. People need to be trained, they need to practice, they need to get feedback and they need to know that they are doing it effectively.”

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