Towards Zero Suicide CIC

Towards Zero Suicide CIC was set up to be 100% dedicated to fully rolling out the Zero Suicide Society Transformation Programme which emerged from action research carried out in 2023 focused on practical actions that will get the UK suicide numbers on a downward trend, towards zero; documented in the report ‘Moving Towards a Zero Suicide Society’, co-authored by Towards Zero Suicide CIC Founder Paul Vittles and The Jordan Legacy’s Steve Phillip.

The Transformation Programme is being initially rolled out by Paul Vittles and Towards Zero Suicide CIC in collaborative partnership with The Jordan Legacy via the #ZeroSuicideSociety #JoinTheDots Humber-to-Mersey Tour, 11-23 June 2024.

Towards Zero Suicide CIC becomes fully operational on completion of this Tour, seeking and facilitating other ways of delivering the Programme and fulfilling the vision of a Zero Suicide Society – one that is “willing and able to do all it can to prevent all preventable suicides”.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

The Transformation Programme is being rolled out by Paul Vittles and Towards Zero Suicide CIC in collaborative partnership with The Jordan Legacy via the #ZeroSuicideSociety #JoinTheDots Humber-to-Mersey Tour, 11-23 June 2024; then, on completion of this Tour, seeking and facilitating other ways of delivering the Programme and fulfilling the vision of a Zero Suicide Society – one that is “willing and able to do all it can to prevent all preventable suicides”.

What are your current priorities?

The current main priority is rolling out the Zero Suicide Society Transformation Programme in collaborative partnership with The Jordan Legacy via the #ZeroSuicideSociety #JoinTheDots Humber-to-Mersey Tour, 11-23 June 2024; then, on completion of this Tour, seeking and facilitating other ways of delivering the Programme and fulfilling the vision of a Zero Suicide Society – one that is “willing and able to do all it can to prevent all preventable suicides”.

Ironically, one key ‘priority’ is advocating and campaigning against the fundamental and fatal flaw in most policy-making which is to focus on ‘priority groups’, effectively creating a competition in suicide prevention with a small number of ‘winners’ and many ‘losers’ in this competition.

Towards Zero Suicide CIC, in line with the Zero Suicide Society Transformation Model, adopts a collaborative, co-ordinated approach, where “Everyone Must Be a Priority for Someone”.

What challenges are you currently facing?

Towards Zero Suicide CIC constantly highlights the fact that “Suicide Prevention is one of the great transformational change challenges of our time”.

As well as considering ourselves to be “in the HOPE business”, we are also very much “in the business of transformational change”.

And transformational change – to get the suicide numbers on a downward trend, towards zero – requires structural change; cultural change; policy change; a change in the policy narrative; a change in the public conversation; a change in thinking among those working in suicide prevention; fresh thinking so we can ‘do something different’ to get the suicide numbers on a downward trend (not flat-lining as the suicide numbers have 2007-2022, or going up as they’ve done in England 2022-23); and ‘fresh blood’, ie bringing into the suicide prevention conversation more and more diverse people with different skills, knowledge, and perspectives, to be able to ‘challenge the system’, ‘challenge the status quo’, and challenge those with power and influence who’ve presided over 16 years without a downward trend in the suicide numbers.

So, the biggest challenge is often in ‘challenging norms’; old ways of thinking; current policy approaches that aren’t bringing the suicide numbers down (towards zero); national strategies and plans that are fundamentally and fatally flawed; clear lack of commitment from those with power and influence; but also from those who are acting in good faith in suicide prevention but sub-consciously acting as barriers to suicide prevention…

…and getting innovation, new ideas, new human contact solutions, new technological solutions, and new integrated digital-human systems that can transform suicide prevention.

The report ‘Moving Towards a Zero Suicide Society’ co-authored by Towards Zero Suicide Founder Paul Vittles and The Jordan Legacy’s Steve Phillip, and the detailed critique of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) for England, 2023-2028, written and published by Paul Vittles, have had widespread acclaim for being “the fresh new thinking and alternative approach we need in suicide prevention” but there is a powerful and often entrenched ‘Suicide Prevention Establishment’ which is (consciously or sub-consciously) resistant to ‘doing something different’ so this can become the biggest challenge.

And, in the short-term, the biggest challenge is rolling out the #ZeroSuicideSociety #JoinTheDots Humber-to-Mersey Tour, 11-23 June 2024 as it involves 20 major events across 15 towns and cities in just 2 weeks, with three iconic gatherings in Liverpool before dovetailing with the (5th) Global Zero Suicide (in Healthcare) Summit, 24/25 June.

And then there’s the challenge of shifting the thinking in suicide prevention away from the fundamental and fatal flaw in most policy-making which is to focus on ‘priority groups’, effectively creating a competition in suicide prevention with a small number of ‘winners’ and many ‘losers’ in this competition to a collaborative, co-ordinated approach, where “Everyone Must Be a Priority for Someone”.