Suicide prevention: resources and guidance

Help for local authorities, public healthcare professionals, police forces, and others to prevent suicides in their areas.

Public Health England supports the cross-governmental strategy for suicide prevention by creating resources for local authorities and healthcare professionals to understand and prevent suicides in their areas or jurisdictions. We do this by working in partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA), a cross-sector, England-wide coalition committed to reducing the number of suicides in England, and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide.

The NSPA works with its members to share knowledge, learning and good practice in suicide prevention and they provide a range of guidance and information. Find out more about the NSPA at

Support after Suicide Partnership is a special interest group of the NSPA. Its site contains a number of resources including Help is at Hand, and also links to additional support for people who have been affected by suicide.

Suicide prevention tools

Atlas of Variation

The Atlas of Variation shows suicide rates and associated risk factors for each local authority area

Suicide prevention profile

The suicide prevention profile puts together and presents publicly available data on:

  • suicide
  • associated prevalence
  • risk factors
  • service contact among groups at increased risk

This tool allows planners to profile their area and compare to similar populations.

How to use the suicide prevention profile tool

How to use the Suicide Prevention Profiling Tool

Support after a suicide


  1. Suicide prevention: cross-government plan
  2. Suicide prevention strategy for England

Annual reports

  1. Suicide prevention: fourth annual report
  2. Suicide prevention: third annual report
  3. Suicide prevention: second annual report
Published 19 October 2015
Last updated 22 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Suicide prevention: fourth annual report' to the annual reports section and 'Suicide prevention: cross-government plan' to the policy section.

  2. Added Support after a suicide: a guide to providing local services

  3. Added preventing suicides in public places: a practice resource.

  4. First published.