We welcome the Centre for Mental Health and the Howard League’s report and are committed to reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons. It is important that our work is informed by the views of prisoners and this report is informing the work that the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) is taking forward in partnership with NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) to reduce self-inflicted deaths and self-harm.
NOMS, PHE and NHS England are taking forward collaborative evidence-based action to reduce self-inflicted deaths in prison. PHE has supported this work by providing evidence and expertise on suicide prevention and how to apply this in prison environments. This includes education and training for prison officers; identification of ‘high risk’ prisoners and high risk situations; improving the environment in prisons including ‘purposeful activity’ and a whole prison approach to health improvement generally. These actions correspond to many of the key recommendations in the Centre for Mental Health and the Howard League’s report.