Welcome to ZSA Resources

The ZSA Resources website was developed to support individuals, communities and organisations to tackle suicide within their communities in the UK and beyond. As the ZSA takes a population approach to suicide prevention, resources aim to help meet people’s mental health needs before, during and after experiences of distress.

What can I find here?

ZSA Maps focus on highlighting a range of health and social factors linked to incidences of suicide, enabled users to target action for change:

  • Social Risk Factor Map – An interactive map, developed in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, that helps users understand the social risk factors that influence suicide risk in their area, and compare these to other areas across England. The map also offers a priority list of practical actions to help leaders and clinicians to make informed responses.

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Map – A more extensive interactive map, developed in partnership with the NHS Benchmarking Network, that helps users explore and compare data on suicide prevalence, an array of health and social factors associated with higher suicide risk, and the extensiveness of service provision and demand.

Please note that the new Suicide Prevention Resource Map is currently only available to selected users during this testing phase.

Linked to the individual ZSA Maps, Facts for Action provides contextual information to help users understand the data within the maps and how it can inform action. It also includes examples of good practice whereby readers can learn from the work of others of how to address specific issues they may also face in their work.

Please note that the Facts for Action linked to the new Suicide Prevention Resource Map are currently only available to selected users during this testing phase.

The resource library offers a directory of different tools to help support your local community to tackle suicide.  This section includes training programmes, school programmes, digital tools, workplace guides, university guides and suicide prevention policies.  Resources also included are mental health helplines, text lines and chat bots. Some of these form part of the ‘Need Urgent Help?’ prompt which features immediate crisis support. Urgent help is available in all areas within the wider ZSA website.

Introduces users to a range of examples of new and innovative practice to help support health and social care professionals support people with their mental health and work towards preventing incidences of suicide in their community.

Please note that the Case Studies are currently only available to selected users during this testing phase.

Connected to the Suicide prevention Resource Map, the dashboards present key information both nationally for the devolved nations (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern) and regionally within England. These dashboards will help you understand the data, why it is important for suicide prevention and how it can inform decisions.

Workspaces is currently part of a pilot product that will provide space for collaborative working and shared learning for professionals actively involved in suicide prevention. Pilot only includes the North West and the East of England regions.

How were these resources developed?

In order to scope the purpose, design and approach of the ZSA Resources, the ZSA and the Health Innovation Network (HIN) undertook extensive initial development work. The HIN is the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for South London and is focused on connecting health and social care teams across sectors in order to increase the spread and adoption of innovation across large populations, both at scale and pace.

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The initial scoping work included conducting a number of engagement sessions with a range stakeholders involved in mental health and suicide prevention work across the country. Stakeholders included clinicians and corporate professionals working within the NHS, Public Health England, the education sector, emergency services, third sector organisations, the wider industry and local government.

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) also undertook a series of desktop reviews researching the scope of national and international suicide prevention work. Knowledge gained from these reviews provided a comprehensive starting point for ongoing development of the ZSA Resources.

Feedback from stakeholder engagement sessions and findings from the evidence reviews produced a series of recommendations for the ZSA Resources. Recommendations were based on the following areas:

  • Partnership opportunities
  • Communication methods
  • Validation and content
  • Sustainability

What can I do next?

ZSA Resources are designed to support wider suicide prevention work happening in your local community and on a national level. We recommend that you seek out your local and national suicide prevention strategy plans to understand how you could contribute. For anyone wanting to develop a suicide prevention plan, it is important to consider the needs, assets and opportunities within your community to guide action as each one is different.

Please visit the Publications page as part of our ZSA Resource Library to gain access to a range of key publications related to suicide prevention across the UK and beyond.

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