Suicide Risks

Government scheme aims to decrease suicide rate among high risk groups.

The UK government have pledged £1.5m into researching how to minimize suicide among risk groups.

Ministers have created a suicide prevention strategy that aims to half the suicide rate and give more support to bereaved families.

Funding will be utilized to focus on how the number of suicides can be reduced among people with a history of self-harming. Also, looking at young people use the Internet relating to suicide

Norman Lamb, care services minister said: “One death to suicide is one too many – we want to make suicide prevention everyone’s business.

“Over the last 10 years there has been real progress in reducing the suicide rate, but it is still the case that someone takes their own life every two hours in England.

“We want to reduce suicides by better supporting those most at risk and providing information for those affected by a loved one’s suicide.”

According to the Department of Health in 2010 4,200 people committed suicide in England.

The suicide rate is highest amongst men aged 35-49, with men three times more likely than women to take their own life.

The Samaritans have publicly voiced their support for this strategy,

The government will be working with UK Council for Child Internet Safety to aid parents with ensuring their children aren’t accessing harmful suicide-related websites.

The chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group, Professor Louis Appleby said: “Suicide does not have one cause – many factors combine to produce an individual tragedy.

50 organizations from the voluntary, statutory and private sectors have decided to work together to reduce suicide rates by sharing best practices and providing help to people.

The Samaritans chief executive, Catherine Johnstone, said: “We are encouraged that the government has taken this step in continuing to acknowledge the importance of suicide prevention.

“We firmly believe that suicide can be prevented by making sure people get support when they need it, how they need it and where they need it.

“This means we all have to try harder to reach people who may not now be talking to anyone about the problems they face.”

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