The health and social care dashboard includes data on:
- Demographics of workers in the health and social care sector
- Suicide rate comparisons across work sectors
- Suicide rates of health and social care workers
- Alcohol consumption of workers
- Job quality
- Workplace stress and days lost due to workplace stress
We hope that this data will support national leaders and organisations to understand the mental health challenges and the risk of suicide people working in different industries face. By having a better understanding, they will be more able to:
- Help break the stigma surrounding suicide
- Provide better support within the workplace
- Develop action plans to help prevent people from dying by suicide.
Please note that the dashboards are not accessible on Internet Explorer so users are recommended to use an internet platform such as Chrome (all devices), Edge (all devices) or Safari (iPhone and iPads).
This dashboard includes key data relating to suicide and risk factors for the health and social care sector. To better view the data and access further information included, click on the arrows at the bottom right of the boxes containing the charts and tables.
Our charts have been developed to include a drop down function, which can allow users to access data which has been recently released and data from previous years.
You can also hover over the chart and table data to see more information e.g. the value for charts and, where appropriate, our risk rating for the area based on the methodology developed in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation in 2020.
Health care occupations and sex
Social care occupations and sex
Health care sector and age
Social care sector and age
Health care sector and ethnicity
Social care sector and ethnicity
Health care sector and sexuality
Social care sector and sexuality
Sector comparison of male suicide rates
Sector comparison of female suicide rates
Health care occupations and male suicide rates
Health care occupations and female suicide rates
Social care occupations and male suicide rates
Social care occupations and female suicide rates
Sector comparison of alcohol consumption
Health care sector and alcohol consumption
Social care sector and alcohol consumption
Sector comparison of non quality work
Health and social care sectors and job quality
Health and social care sectors and job quality components
Sector comparison of workplace stress
Health care sector and workplace stress
Social care sector and workplace stress
Health care sector and work days lost
Social care sector and work days lost
Why is this data important for suicide prevention work?
Evidence shows that the risk of suicide differs across employment sectors, with those in certain occupation groups having an increased risk of suicide compared to the general population. Multiple factors often work together to increase this risk, with job related features such low pay, poor job security or reported poor working conditions (Milner et al., 2013).
Risk in some sectors may also be higher because individuals may be influenced to go into certain jobs which are linked to easier access to certain methods of suicide (Roberts, Jaremin & Lloyd, 2013). For more information on occupation and suicide visit the Office for National Statistics website.
Understanding differences in risk across sectors is important as not only increases your awareness to be able to support a friend or colleague in the sector, but enables leaders to take action to support their workforce's mental health needs to prevent workers from dying by suicide.
Having access to this data is also vital also forms a starting point for action and can be used to monitor the broader impacts of intervention work, such as efforts to break the stigma around mental health and suicide, and support people's mental health.
Even though workforces across sectors are different and require overcoming different hurdles to prevent suicide, comparisons to other sectors are helpful to encourage shared learning.
Even small changes can improve a person’s mental health and wellbeing and reduce their risk of suicide.
What can I do next?
- Know what help is available - know where to signpost a friend or colleague if they need help and share this hub within your workplace.
- Explore our Suicide Prevention Resource Map - see rates of suicide in your local area and learn about some of the factors that may contribute. Read more about these in our Facts for Action series.
- Discover resources to support your organisation - find resources such as mental health first aid training courses, business guides and tool kits to help you create or develop your organisation's plan to prevent suicide within your workforce.
Case study library
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Hampshire County Council – suicide prevention and postvention protocol for Hampshire Schools and Colleges
Australia’s Gold Coast – implementation of the zero suicide framework and suicide prevention pathway
Outcome measurement within liaison psychiatry services at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
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