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1 September 2021

With You announced as partner in new suicide prevention consortium

Today, the Department of Health and Social Care announced the members of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance for 2021-24, including the new Suicide Prevention Consortium.

The Consortium will be led by the Samaritans and includes With You as a partner organisation alongside the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA), Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP). The Consortium aims to harness the collaborative efforts of its members to identify and prevent inequalities which lead to increased risk of suicide.

The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance is made up of 19 members from across the voluntary sector in England. It seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of communities through activities which inform national policy development and delivery.

The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance has a particular focus on identifying and reducing health inequalities, and the Suicide Prevention Consortium will specifically examine inequalities that are increased risk factors for suicide.

Paul Hughes, Executive Medical Director at drug, alcohol and mental health charity, With You, said: “We’re proud to be contributing to the important work of the Suicide Prevention Consortium. We know that many of the people we support are at increased risk of suicide. To address this, we must understand and tackle the underlying health inequalities which affect vulnerable communities, exacerbate substance dependency and contribute towards this tragic loss of life. We’re pleased to be playing an active role in grounding national policy development in the lived experiences of the people we support through the Consortium.”

Jacqui Morrissey, Assistant Director of Research and Influencing, Samaritans said: “We’re thrilled to join the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance as a member this year and to have this important opportunity to lead the new Suicide Prevention Consortium. Suicide is an inequality issue and suicide is preventable. We look forward to working together with our partners and people with lived experience to enhance and share insight into factors which increase the risk of suicide for different communities and, crucially, what can be done to prevent them.”

The Alliance is jointly managed by the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and NHS England.

To find out more, see the DHSC announcement or visit the NHS England website.

In addition to Samaritans, the members of the Suicide Prevention Consortium are:

  • National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) – The NSPA is an alliance of more than 1,000 organisations and individuals who care about suicide prevention and are willing to take action to reduce suicide and support those affected by suicide.
  • Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP) – The Support After Suicide Partnership is a UK wide network founded in 2013 to bring together national and local organisations involved in delivering suicide bereavement support across the UK.
  • With You - A charity providing free, confidential support to people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health.