'Give staff permission to speak out about patients' suicide risk', says charity

Charity calls for NHS trust chief executives to give staff permission to share information about patients who are at risk of suicide

The chief executive of a national charity has called on NHS trusts to support healthcare professionals to share information with families about suicide risk

Ged Flynn, the chief executive of Papyrus, which works to prevent suicide in young people, spoke at a suicide prevention conference at the University of Salford on February 1.

He said: ‘I’ve written to [154] NHS [trust] chief executives to say it’s not okay for a parent to find out after the death of his or her child, in the words of a GP: “I’m sorry about your son’s death, only now can I tell you that this was his third attempt”.’

He wants the chief executives to write to their staff to say that ‘in law, if you make a best interest decision and you write it down and you communicate that with your


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