This strategy, together with the children and young people’s strategy, is the continuation of the work undertaken as a result of the 2015-2020 Kent and Medway Suicide Prevention Strategy.

While local suicide rates have gone down slightly in recent years, even one death is one too many so there is still much to be done. Kent and Medway still has a higher rate of suicide that the national average.

These strategies combine evidence from suicide patterns in Kent and Medway with national research and policy direction.

They have been developed by the Kent and Medway Suicide and Self-harm Network, which consists of over 130 partners working together to reduce the number of suicides in Kent and Medway.

In this consultation, we are asking for your views on the strategies which will enable us to revise and adapt our plans accordingly and guarantee the new 2021-2025 strategies are shaped by the local people and organisations who matter.

Please read both strategies and give us your feedback by completing the questionnaire.

Mental health support

Life can get really tough sometimes, but talking can help. We have a highly trained and experienced team available 24/7 to provide expert support no matter what you are going through.

Don’t suffer in silence: text the word Kent to 85258, call 0800 107 0160 or visit the website: Release the pressure - Kent County Council.

What happens after the consultation?

Following the consultation, responses will be analysed and compiled into a consultation report, which will help produce the final version of the strategy. The final strategy will then go through our decision-making process for approval before it is adopted.

Ongoing engagement - we welcome your thoughts and feedback at any point during the life of the Strategy: suicideprevention@kent.gov.uk

Alternative formats: If you require any of the consultation material in an alternative format or language please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 42 15 53 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 42 15 53). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.

Privacy: KCC collects and processes personal information in order to provide a range of public services. KCC respects the privacy of individuals and endeavours to ensure personal information is collected fairly, lawfully, and in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. Read the full Privacy Notice.

Timeline

  • Opened
    3 Feb 2021 at 11:00
  • Closes
    18 Mar 2021 at 23:59

Respond

Details

Consulting Organisation Type
  • Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Dartford
  • Dover
  • Gravesham
  • Maidstone
  • Medway
  • Sevenoaks
  • Folkestone and Hythe
  • Swale
  • Thanet
  • Tonbridge & Malling
  • Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic
  • General interest
  • Children and families
  • Healthcare and public health
  • Young people, youth
Consultation Methods
  • Online survey / questionnaire / forms
  • Other survey / questionnaire / forms
Contact Details

Suicide Prevention Team,
Public Health,
Room 3.45 Sessions House,
County Road,
Maidstone,
Kent ME14 1HQ 

Email: suicideprevention@kent.gov.uk