A review of probable suicides of children and young adults within Mid and West Wales over the last 10 years is being presented at 4 events across the region.  

The review has been undertaken by Dr Tom Slater from Cascade Research facility and Cardiff University, with the aim of informing professional agencies’ understanding of the issue, and exploring what approaches may help prevent future deaths.  It was commissioned by the Mid & West Wales Safeguarding Board.

Dr Slater will be delivering the findings of his review to a multi-agency group of professionals from across the region, including social workers, health professionals, police officers and teachers.

Dr Slater said: “Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Wales. It is a complex and multifaceted issue that necessitates multiple forms of intervention at a range of different levels.

“Through a review of probable suicides in children and young adult suicides in Mid & West Wales we are able to learn more about this difficult topic.

“The findings from the research provide an opportunity to recognise areas of good practice and can help inform future approaches to prevention.”

The review identifies risk factors for children and young people, including experiences of:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Bereavement
  • Social media and peer group influence
  • Substance misuse and mental health issues

The review identifies some important strategies for professionals to help prevent and reduce the numbers of children and young people who take their own lives. This includes:

  • the provision of appropriate training and support to social care practitioners working with vulnerable children and young adults as well as voluntary non-statutory agencies.
  • the importance of information being available to vulnerable children and young adults, their families and professionals as to where they can access support and services, which should be considered in a broad context of promoting positive mental wellbeing.

A desk-based review of probable suicides amongst children and young adults in Mid & West Wales - Concise Report

A pdf copy of the PowerPoint delivered by Dr Slater is available here.

Source of support:

The Samaritans’ helpline is available round the clock. Phone 116 123 (free of charge) or email jo@samaritans.org.

The DPJ Foundation aims to break down the stigma that surrounds mental health and provide support services for those in rural communities. www.thedpjfoundation.com.

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