Oxfordshire Draft Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Strategy Consultation

Intro Page

A group of organisations in Oxfordshire spent a lot of time over the summer speaking with you about your thoughts and gaining your insights into suicide and self-harm prevention.

We held an online survey for 8 weeks from 10th September 2019 to gain insight into thoughts and views on suicide and self-harm prevention within the County. Three focus groups were held for in-depth exploration with young people, those with lived experience and those who have been bereaved by suicide.

  • 632 individuals responded to the survey
  • 9 young people attended a focus group
  • 4 adults attended a lived experience focus group
  • 3 adults attended the bereaved by suicide focus group

What we heard - key themes from the focus groups and survey;

  • Training for professionals, community groups and communities
  • Training for workplaces to reduce stigma of mental ill health
  • Male specific support needed
  • Less clinical, more informal approach to support such as a facilitated peer to peer group
  • Development of an easily identifiable ‘catchy’ national campaign

What we have done

We have used national guidance on suicide prevention strategies as an initial starting point and incorporated what we’ve been told by you through the engagement feedback to form a draft suicide and self-harm prevention strategy for Oxfordshire. We would now like to know your thoughts and feedback on whether we are getting this right in this document. Please take some time to read the attached document before completing this survey. A summary of the focus areas is also attached for ease of reference.  

It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete the 5 questions in this consultation.

All information given is anonymous and any information provided is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. All information given will be treated as strictly confidential.

If this survey has brought up difficult feelings and you would like to access support or help, the following partners can help you:

  • Samaritans - 116123
  • Oxford Cruse Bereavement Support - 01865 245398
  • Papyrus – suicide support for young people 0800 0684141
  • CALM - 0800585858
  • Oxfordshire Mind - 01865 247788
  • See Saw (Grief Support for CYP in Oxford) - 01865 744768



  • Opened
    8 Jan 2020 at 09:00
  • Closed
    19 Feb 2020 at 09:00


Contact Name Sal Culmer
Contact Email Address sally.culmer@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 07825052765

Consultation Topic
  • Health
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Children
  • Young people
  • Families and parents
  • Older people
  • Carers
  • Black and minority ethnic people
  • People with a learning disability
  • People with a physical disability
  • People with a sensory disability
  • People with mental health issues
  • Councillors
  • Businesses
  • Public sector organisations
  • Schools
  • Voluntary organisations and community groups
  • Staff
Geographical Area
  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Kidlington and Yarnton
  • Oxford City
  • Benson, Berinsfield and Wallingford
  • Chalgrove, Thame Watlington and Wheatley
  • Goring and Henley
  • Didcot
  • Abingdon
  • Faringdon
  • Grove and Wantage
  • Burford and Carterton
  • Charlbury, Chipping Norton and Woodstock
  • Witney