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.