Welcome to ZSA Resources

The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) Resources website was developed to support individuals, communities and organisations to tackle suicide within their communities in the UK and beyond. As the ZSA advocates for a population approach to suicide prevention, the ZSA Resources aim to help professionals meet people’s mental health and social needs before, during and after experiences of crisis.

What can I find here?

Our ZSA Maps provide an accessible way to understand suicide rates across England and the health, social and service related factors that provide an indication of what contributes to people dying by suicide, empowering users to drive action for change.

  • Social Risk Factor Map – An interactive map developed in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, that helps users understand the social risk factors that influence suicide risk in their area, and compare these to other areas across England. The map also offers a priority list of practical actions to help leaders and clinicians to make informed responses.

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Map – A more extensive interactive map developed in partnership with the NHS Benchmarking Network, that helps users explore and compare data on suicide prevalence, an array of health and social factors associated with higher suicide risk, and the extensiveness of service provision and demand.

Our Facts for Action series provides contextual information to help users understand the data presenting within our Social Risk Factor Map and our new Suicide Prevention Resource Map. Facts for Action also also includes examples of good practice whereby readers can learn from the work of others and how to apply it to address specific challenges that they also face.

We currently have two series to support each map:

 

Our Resource Library offers a directory of different tools to help support your local community to tackle suicide, including:

  • Training programmes
  • School programmes
  • Digital tools
  • Workplace guides
  • University guides
  • Key suicide prevention publications (including national suicide prevention policies)

Visit our Need Urgent Help? if you are looking for mental health crisis helplines or wish to be signposted to mental health information websites.

Our Case Studies library introduces users to a range of examples of best and innovative practice from across the UK and beyond to help support health and social care professionals care for those that struggle with their mental health and are at risk of suicide.

As part of our population approach to suicide prevention, we are also always on the look out for work that is being undertaken to help prevent people developing significant mental health and social related needs that may contribute to these individuals reaching crisis.

Contact us if you have a piece of work you would like to share.

Our Dashboards present key information nationally for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These dashboards will help you understand the data, why this data is important for suicide prevention and what you can do next.

Our Workspaces provide spaces for collaborative working and shared learning for professionals actively involved in suicide prevention. Workspaces included in our current pilot are for the North West and the East of England regions.

Contact us if you would like us to develop a workspace for your region.

How were these resources developed?

In order to scope the purpose, design and approach of the ZSA Resources, the ZSA and the Health Innovation Network (HIN) undertook extensive initial development work.

The HIN is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for South London and is focused on connecting health and social care teams across sectors in order to increase the spread and adoption of innovation across large populations, both at scale and pace.

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The initial scoping work included conducting a number of engagement sessions with a range stakeholders involved in mental health and suicide prevention work across the country. Stakeholders included clinicians and corporate professionals working within the NHS, Public Health England, the education sector, emergency services, third sector organisations, the wider industry and local government.

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) also undertook a series of desktop reviews researching the scope of national and international suicide prevention work. Knowledge gained from these reviews provided a comprehensive starting point for ongoing development of the ZSA Resources.

Feedback from stakeholder engagement sessions and findings from the evidence reviews produced a series of recommendations for the ZSA Resources. Recommendations were based on the following areas:

  • Partnership opportunities
  • Communication methods
  • Validation and content
  • Sustainability

What can I do next?

ZSA Resources are designed to support wider suicide prevention work happening in your local community and on a national level. We recommend that you seek out your local and national suicide prevention strategy plans to understand how you could contribute.

For anyone wanting to develop a suicide prevention plan, it is important to consider the needs, assets and opportunities within your community to guide action as each one is different.

Please visit our Publications page as part of our ZSA Resource Library to gain access to a range of key publications related to suicide prevention across the UK and beyond.

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