It is hoped that further research will help build more effective strategies for identifying and helping high-risk individuals before it is too late.
In 2010 around 4,200 people in England took their own lives. Care Services Minister Norman Lamb said: “One death to suicide is one too many – we want to make suicide prevention everyone’s business.”
The strategy is being backed by charity organisation The Samaritans and was announced this morning to coincide with today’s World Suicide Prevention Day campaign.
Experts believe suicide should be treated as a public health issue – especially in light of the current economic climate putting workers at risk of pay cuts and redundancy.
Statistics suggest that men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives, and 35-49 year-old males are at the highest suicide risk of all age groups.
The new prevention strategy will involve:
- Working with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety to prevent vulnerable young people from accessing suicide-related websites.
- Heightening prevention methods in prisons and mental health facilities.
- Increasing access to support for people thought to be ‘high risk’ e.g. those with mental health problems, or a history of self-harm.
Around 50 national organisations from statutory, voluntary and private sectors have agreed to work together towards better suicide prevention methods by providing necessary support to those in need.
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