Survey launched to help find out how we can respond to suicide as a community

10th June 2019

Rotherham Council is supporting a call to action by the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (ICS), which would like to hear from anyone who has been bereaved from or affected by suicide and who would like to share their views.

In particular they would like to know when and what were the most challenging times, what helped and what could have been done differently.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Cllr David Roche, said:  “When someone dies by suicide it often affects many people. It is important that those people bereaved or affected by suicide receive the support they need.

“Rotherham Council and NHS partners are working with others across the health and social care system in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw to encourage people to give feedback about their experiences and to use these to improve services.

“People’s experiences can provide key information to improve the quality of support services and it is essential that improvements are informed by those living in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw.”

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw has a higher suicide rate than the England average and partners are working together to reduce this number by at least 10 per cent.

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw (ICS), is a partnership of 23 organisations responsible for looking after the health and care of the 1.5 million people living in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. It is made up of NHS organisations, local authorities and key voluntary sector and independent partners in the region.

Views and suggestions can be provided by completing a short survey which closes at midnight on Sunday 23 June.  http://surveys.barnsley.gov.uk/s/SYBICS/

Barnsley Council is collecting survey responses on behalf of the ICS which will use this information to improve how we respond to suicide as a community.

Anyone who is suffering in the aftermath of suicide, or needs to talk to someone, is urged to contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org