Suicide prevention and related mental health provision on the Isle of Wight

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Isle of Wight (IOW) carried out research into suicide prevention and related mental health provision on the Island in 2019 after a number of people who had been affected by suicide, contacted them. They spoke to people who had attempted to take their own life and their families and also spoke to the families of people who had taken their own life.

They found that people had experienced feelings of helplessness and frustration. However, they wanted to share what they have gone through to ensure that services are improved and that no one else goes through a similar experience. A significant number of people felt that they were sent from ‘pillar to post’ and they did not know who they could turn to for immediate, practical support.

As a result of the themes arising from this feedback, Healthwatch IOW decided to send a survey to GP’s on the Island to ascertain their views on mental health provision on the Island and to establish their understanding of the IOW suicide pathway. The results highlighted that although most GPs felt that they have a clear pathway for people with suicidal thoughts, the mental health services to support such people were inadequate.

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General details

Report title 
Suicide prevention and related mental health provision on the Isle of Wight
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Isle of Wight
Date of publication 
Monday, 9 August, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 12 August, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 12 August, 2021
Key themes 
Access
Holistic support
Referrals
Support

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
none
Primary research method used 
Survey
Unstructured Interview

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Mental health services 
Mental health crisis service

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
28
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Other population characteristics 
People who are geographically isolated
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Yes
Does the information include staff's views? 
Yes
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Doctors
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Negative

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No

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.