Moving Towards a Zero Suicide Society - the report

This report is the first in a series from The Jordan Legacy summarising what is emerging from our action research project, as well as our wider, ongoing action learning initiatives, focusing on how we can reduce the number of suicides in the UK and how far we can go.

At the beginning of 2023, The Jordan Legacy launched a new strategy designed to raise the bar in terms of collective ambition in suicide prevention and to plot a course of collective practical action that can realise that ambition.

Shared learning and collaboration are at the heart of this strategy because we know we can’t do this alone but together we can achieve a transformation in suicide prevention.

Today, on what would have been Jordan’s 38th birthday, we are proud to announce the publication of The Jordan Legacy’s ‘Moving Towards a Zero Suicide Society’ action-research project report.

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To create this report, we have listened to those who have participated in our online events and forums, who interact with us via our social media channels and the dozens of people who have participated in months of one-to-one interviews.

Those we have listened to include people affected by suicide including; those who have attempted to end their lives, those who have lost loved ones to suicide, heads of national charities, third sector support organisations, including founders of crisis and help centres, NHS mental health employees and other emergency service workers, heads of wellbeing companies, wellbeing leads and others.

In every case, we have asked those we’ve spoken with to provide their responses to two key questions: How can we significantly reduce the annual number of suicides in the UK, from the 6000+ level it’s been at for 15 years? And, how far can we go?

Sometimes, those we have spoken with had clear views about how we can significantly reduce the number of suicides. Others, when challenged, were more vague but were still, nevertheless, passionate that something must change.

Our action research project report maps out all the practical actions shared with us about what is needed to reduce the number of suicides. It provides practical guidance and inspiration to all those who want to make the Zero Suicide Society vision a reality.

We can all help reduce the number of suicides. Moving towards a Zero Suicide Society needs action from many people and organisations including government. In this report we summarise precisely what is needed from government to help point the way.

This report is not meant to be comprehensive. We welcome further input. Our research and conversations continue, with what is a growing Zero Suicide Society movement.

Access and download the report hereThe Jordan Legacy CIC – Moving Towards A Zero Suicide Society – July 2023

What happens next?

We want to open up the conversation to you now. What are your views about this report?

Online event

On August 9th, from 11am-1pm (GMT) and repeated on August 15th from 6:30-8:30pm we will be hosting a live discussion event to present this report and our petition. The event is free to attend and you can book your ticket here.

This event is an opportunity to hear about the action research project this report draws from and the actions many have told us will reduce the number of suicides.

It’s also an opportunity to input your ideas and suggestions and hear how you can be involved further as the project develops from here.

Government petition

We have now published an online petition requesting that the government introduces a Suicide Prevention Act and framework to minimise suicides’.

Please sign this petition if you share our values and vision to move towards a Zero Suicide Society.

This is a practical action you can take right now to make a difference. We require 10,000 signatures to illicit a response from the government and 100,000 signatures for the petition to be considered for debate in parliament.

We hope you find the report useful and that it inspires hope – hope that together we can move towards a zero suicide society; one that is willing and able to do all it can to prevent all preventable suicides.

Attend this live event

We will be presenting and discussing our report and the petition during a live Zoom webinar from 11am-1pm on August 9th, with a repeat of the event from 6:30-8:30pm on August 15th. This is a free event to attend and will provide an opportunity for you to respond and ask questions. Book to attend here.




If you have been affected by any of the content in this article, please visit The Jordan Legacy’s website and our Help & Resources menu resources.

The Jordan Legacy CIC’s mission is to be at the forefront of the advancement of mental health and preventing lives being lost to suicide. Our focus and hope is that we can influence a significant reduction in the annual suicide numbers in the UK.

For regular updates on developments at The Jordan Legacy CIC and the work we’re involved with to help prevent suicide, you can opt-in here .

Will you donate to support this project?

We are only able to continue developing vital suicide prevention projects like this one thanks to the generous support of individuals and businesses in the private sector.

Every donation helps, no matter how large or small. If you can help, we are looking to raise £10000 to continue this project and donations can be made via our JustGiving page here.

Thank you

Steve Phillip and Paul Vittles creators of the ‘Moving Towards a Zero Suicide Society’ report.

Access and download the report here:The Jordan Legacy CIC – Moving Towards A Zero Suicide Society – July 2023


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