Male suicide: turning the tide - raising awareness to reduce death by suicide

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Leicester and Healthwatch Leicestershire carried out a project on male suicide prevention. The aim of the research was to understand the accessibility of suicide prevention services and identify barriers to access or gaps in services.

Healthwatch Leicester and Healthwatch Leicestershire spoke to 34 men and 3 parents as part of the study. They attended peer support groups where they communicated with 29 respondents. In-depth interviews were carried out with 8 individuals who responded via social media. They also spoke with 20 organisations working in suicide prevention across the city and county.

  • Those who accessed services found them helpful for managing their mental health
  • Peer support was highly valued in combating feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Men who had no diagnosed mental health condition or long-term illness were more likely to ‘fall through the net’
  • There was little knowledge amongst participants of what help was available to them
  • Some were reluctant to access formal services and didn’t want to be seen as a ‘patient’ receiving counselling or psychiatric care

The report contains thirteen recommendations.

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General details

Report title 
Male suicide: turning the tide - raising awareness to reduce death by suicide
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leicester
Healthwatch Leicestershire
Date of publication 
Thursday, 3 February, 2022
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 January, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 1 January, 2022
Key themes 
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing

Methodology and approach

Primary research method used 
Engagement event
Structured interview

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
25-64 years
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.