Shaping UK policy and guidelines for suicide prevention

Impact: Policy, Health and wellbeing


Approximately 6,500 suicides are reported annually in the UK, and 28% are patients in contact with mental health services during the year before their death. Research by the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) at the University of Manchester has shown that specific improvements to services significantly reduce suicide rates. At the NCISH we have used this evidence to develop recommendations for improving patient safety in mental health settings. Working with relevant stakeholders, including guideline developers and policymakers, this influential research has directly shaped national suicide prevention policy. NCISH recommendations are incorporated in national policies and clinical guidance in all UK countries.
Impact dateAug 2013Dec 2020
Category of impactPolicy, Health and wellbeing
Impact levelAdoption