Reducing the risk of suicide among healthcare staff
Intended for healthcare professionals

Reducing the risk of suicide among healthcare staff

Helen Rees Senior lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England
Nutmeg Hallett Associate professor, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of the factors that can increase the risk of suicide among healthcare staff

  • To be aware of the actions that nurses can take with their colleagues to reduce the risk of suicide

  • To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Reducing the number of deaths by suicide is an important area in public health. Several factors, including excessive workload demands and burnout, mean that healthcare staff such as nurses are at higher risk of death by suicide compared with people working in other occupations. This article explores the contributory factors involved in suicide among healthcare professionals and outlines some of the methods that nurses can use to enquire about suicide risk with their colleagues. It also details appropriate interventions that nurses can use to reduce the risk of suicide among their colleagues. The authors aim to increase nurses’ understanding of their role in suicide prevention in the healthcare workforce.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12178

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Rees H, Hallett N (2023) Reducing the risk of suicide among healthcare staff. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e12178

Published online: 02 October 2023

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