Suicide and self‐harm are major public health issues. This study aimed to assess how local and national data could be used more effectively in local suicide and self‐harm prevention strategies. Twelve semistructured interviews were carried out with a purposive sample of suicide prevention leads in one strategic health authority area and other key local and regional informants. Although suicide prevention work is supported by data, problems were identified with current processes and data and information availability. Local, regional and national health agencies all have a role in ensuring information is used in the best possible way to reduce self‐harm and suicide.
McElroy, H. and Chappel, D. (2006), "Preventing suicide and self‐harm: how useful are the data currently available to those planning and providing interventions?", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 20-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/17465729200600015Download as .RIS
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