Surrey suicide prevention strategy consultation: 2018- 2021

Closed 21 Sep 2018

Opened 23 Jun 2018

Results expected 19 Oct 2018

Feedback updated 17 Jun 2019

We asked

How can we reduce suicide by 10% by 2021 through the coordinated actions of our respective organisations?

  1. How can we aim for Zero suicides amongst those in Surrey health system?
  2. How can we target high risk groups?
  3. Who should lead on the areas the strategy?

You said

The consultation period ran from 23rd June 2018 to 21 Sep 2018

During this period we received 98 online responses to the online survey. A further 110 individuals contributed through four public focus groups, key meetings with stakeholders and 1:1 interviews. We would like to thank everyone who responded and particiapted in the consultation for their views and feedback.

The main themes from the consultation responses:

  1. Zero suicides are difficult to achieve.
  2. There is no robust process to learn from suicides as a partnership.
  3. There is no details on how the new strategy will be funded
  4. There is not enough emphasis on how you will reduce suicide in carers, prison leavers and Veterans
  5. Campaigns should be co-designed with people from high risk groups
  6. Suicide is everyone’s responsibility

We did

Whilst we may not have always been able to fully address every concern, we have listened and will be amending the Surrey Suicide prevention strategy to reflect the feedback from the consultation.

We will be amending the following in the strategy:

  • Carers’ sections
  • High risk groups to reflect veterans and prison leavers
  • Details on how we will seek to fund the strategy

A new 2019- 2022 Surrey Suicide Prevention Strategy will be published by January 2019.

Delivering a new suicide prevention strategy for Surrey

A new Surrey Suicide Prevention Strategy Partnership will be set up in early 2019. The Suicide Prevention Partnership will oversee the development and implementation of a Suicide Prevention plan. We will ensure that we embed the suggestions and recommendations from the consultation.


A reduction in the death rate from suicide is a priority in the Surrey’s Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, signalling the commitment of partners across the NHS and Local Government to work together to save lives lost to suicide through both whole population and targeted actions.

This strategy will harness that commitment to achieve the following aim:

To reduce suicide by 10% by 2021 through the coordinated actions of our respective organisations.

Our ethos in Surrey, is that every single suicide is a tragedy and our ultimate ambition is to eradicate suicide.  We will begin with committing to a zero suicide approach among those who are known to our mental health services. 

Why we are consulting

One suicide is one too many. Reducing suicide is everyones priority. We are consulting to ensure that we have a partnership approach to reducing suicides.

What happens next

The feedback will be included in the Surrey suicide prevention stratgey.  


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • 6-11 year olds
  • 12-19 year olds
  • 20-25 year olds
  • Commissioning
  • Looked After Children and Care Leavers
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Disabilities
  • Parents and families
  • Staff
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
  • Safeguarding children
  • Organisations that receive grant funding
  • Skills
  • Recruitment
  • Policy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Adult Social Care
  • Social care service users
  • People who use social care services
  • SCC staff