Understanding barriers to accessing suicide prevention support in Brent

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Summary of report content

During July and August 2019, Healthwatch Brent undertook research to understand the awareness about suicide prevention in Brent. Their aim was to identify what support is available for residents of faith, and Central and Eastern European and wider communities at risk of committing suicide, to understand how these needs are being met and identifying any barriers preventing residents to access support and identify community groups or resources that could support in preventing suicide.

The report highlights their findings which they gathered from several sources including speaking to the Samaritans, a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress; carrying out desktop research to find out whether there were resources available in the UK to support these groups in suicide prevention; and interviewing a broad range of the community groups that serves the population in Brent to better understand whether they encounter people at risk from suicide in their communities and how they would help prevent suicide.

The report concluded that community groups in Brent have limited skills and knowledge of the opportunities to be able to reduce the incidence of suicide; there was a lack of confidence and lack of insight as to why Eastern European men were over-represented in the Brent suicide data; most people were unaware of the Samaritans; there were barriers to accessing mental health services; some community organisations did not have protocols in place for suicide prevention or providing support and that providing additional support was difficult to deliver within their current budget. The report made seven recommendations and contains a response from Brent Council.    

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General details

Report title 
Understanding barriers to accessing suicide prevention support in Brent
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Brent
Date of publication 
Monday, 3 February, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 July, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 30 August, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health protection
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Primary research method used 
Unstructured Interview
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 
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Specific ethnicity if known 
Any other White background
Sexual orientation 
Other population characteristics 
Homeless people
People with limited family or social networks
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? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

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.