Evaluation of the SD1 and CRP processes in Northern Ireland as a response to suspected suicide
In April 2012, processes were introduced in Northern Ireland to closely monitor and respond to sudden deaths when possible suicide is suspected. Following these deaths, PSNI officers collect information on a Sudden Death form (SD1) which is passed to Health and Social Care Trusts and the Public Health Agency for the purpose ensuring timely support is provided to individuals and communities. Following a possible death by suicide, there is an increased risk that vulnerable individuals may copy the behaviour, this is known as contagion. Information gathered on the SD1 form is also monitored for any potential signs of contagion. Support is provided by Health and Social Care Trusts and/or community and voluntary organisations and is tailored depending on the need of individuals and communities. These processes are known as the SD1 and CRP processes. Evaluation of the SD1 and CRP processes was undertaken by PHA and incorporated views of families bereaved by suicide, as well as a number of community and statutory professionals. The document below presents the findings of the evaluation.