The 2017 Hertfordshire Suicide Audit
Set up in 2017, the Suicide Prevention Network involves more than 20 organisations. Our vision is to make Hertfordshire a county where no one ever gets to a point where they feel suicide is their only option.
The suicide audit aims to give a view of deaths by suicide within Hertfordshire compared to the rest of the UK.
In time, it will also enable a year-on-year comparison to identify county-specific trends. This information can be used to inform the suicide prevention strategy and planned actions.
A multi-agency group was formed to decide what data to collect, and to agree a process which would be objective, robust and consistent. The group comprised representatives from the British Transport Police, Network Rail, HPfT, Public Health, the Coroner’s Office, and Hertfordshire Constabulary.
The 2017 audit includes 74 deaths between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2017. Because of the time delay between a death occurring and the inquest taking place, the majority of deaths occurred in 2016.