Public Health - Living Well

Mental Health and Substance Misuse


Substance Misuse

The Island’s drug and alcohol service, IRIS, transferred to 'Inclusion' on the 1st December 2018.  Over the coming months, Inclusion will be working to build a safe, effective and resilient service and will update communications in due course to partners, staff and service users as they continue their transition.

Inclusion are currently able to accept non-emergency referrals for alcohol.  As always, alcohol related medical emergencies should be directly referred to A&E by the individual, their GP or the ambulance service.

If you would like to learn more about 'Inclusion' or make a referral or have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the service:


Mental Health

For some people on the island, their experience of mental health services has not been good enough. We know that, and we want to make changes for the better.

The NHS, the Isle of Wight Council, the voluntary sector and other organisations involved in, or supporting, the delivery of mental health services have all agreed that we must work together to transform the way care is provided.

A new 'Blueprint' for the future has been drafted, setting out a vision of how mental health care should develop, and what we want to achieve.

The blueprint is not the final word. We want to hear from island residents - what do you like about this vision? What don't you like? What have we missed? 

There are several ways to submit your comment's to us, but before you submit your comments please view the full ‘Blueprint’ document.


Suicide Prevention

‘No one living on the Isle of Wight should feel taking their own life is their only option’

Isle of Wight Suicide Prevention Strategy 2018-2021

Strategy summary

The Isle of Wight Suicide Prevention strategy and action plan have been developed in line with government’s local suicide prevention planning practice resource and national plan, along with the findings from the suicide audit and suicide prevention stakeholder workshops. Key partners in the strategy include; NHS Trust, CCG, Emergency services, voluntary sector, coroners, coastguard plus those with a lived experience. Through this collaborative process key priorities have been identified with each priority focusing on key at risk groups and risk factors. Individual task and finish groups have been set up to address each of the priorities.

The four priorities are:

  1. Improve communication and raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of suicide prevention activities between organisations and the community.
  2. Deliver suicide alertness training to professionals and the community.
  3. Develop a post-suicide intervention plan (post-intervention).
  4. Improve knowledge/data at a local level (implement real time suspected suicide/suicide attempt surveillance).


Locally identified high risk groups are:

  • Males aged between 40 and 60 years (peak age 50–54).
  • People experiencing mental and emotional health crisis e.g. marital/relationship breakup, job loss, low income, bereavement.
  • People who are socially isolated.
  • People with long term and chronic health conditions.
  • People who misuse alcohol and other substances.
  • People who self-harm, with a focus on young people who have experienced childhood trauma. 


With the development of real time suspected suicide surveillance, the risk groups and priorities will be reviewed and revised where necessary at the quarterly steering group meetings.

View the current Suicide Prevention Strategy 2018/2021  (PDF, 408KB, 8 pages)