Suicide - a different perspective

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Lincolnshire conducted a survey with 114 people between September and October 2020 to gain insight on the impact of suicide and suicidal thoughts. 

Nearly half of people who had experienced suicide and those that were experiencing suicide in the ‘here and now’, felt there were no services in Lincolnshire that would help prevent suicide. There is a need for easier access and availability of service provision in a coordinated way, at the right time. Although services might be available ‘on paper’, access to, and appropriateness of those services seemed to be the key factor for reporting that no services were available. 49% of people had something positive to share when they had accessed services, this positivity was predominantly around non-NHS services. A further 51% cited negative experiences across all service types. Having inconsistent and unreliable services and delays in support and care packages drained resilience and belief in localised care. There are no major issues related to time delays in accessing services, however throughout the survey, respondents cited delays and waiting lists compounding the issues of mental health and suicide, the apparent lack of intermediary support between initial contact and treatment was raised.

No recommendations were made in this report.

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General details

Report title 
Suicide - a different perspective
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Lincolnshire
Date of publication 
Monday, 22 February, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 17 September, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 17 October, 2020
Type of report 
Key themes 
Booking appointments
Communication between staff and patients
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Mental health crisis service

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
Not known
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? 
Does the information include other people'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? 
Is there evidence of impact external to 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.