Press release: Suicide Prevention Strategy 2012
A new Suicide Prevention Strategy will focus on supporting bereaved families and preventing suicide amongst at risk groups and is backed by a call to action led by the Samaritans and up to £1.5 million for new research.
- A better understanding of why people take their own life and how it can be prevented – supported by new suicide prevention research funding.
- Working with the media, and with the internet industry through members of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) to help parents ensure their children are not accessing harmful suicide-related websites, and to increase the availability and take-up of effective parental controls to reduce access to harmful websites.
- Reducing opportunities for suicide, by making sure prisons and mental health facilities keep people safer – for example by redesigning buildings to take away ligature – and by safer prescribing of potentially lethal drugs.
- Better support for high-risgroups – such as those with mental health problems and people who self-harm – by making sure the health service effectively manages the mental health aspects as well as any physical injuries when people who have self-harmed present themselves.
- Improving services for groups like children and young people or ensuring the mental health needs of those with long-term conditions are being met through the Government’s mental health strategy.
- Providing better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide – making sure families are included in the recovery and treatment of a patient and giving support to families affected by suicide.
- how to reduce the risk of suicide for people with a history of self-harm;
- how self-harm can be better managed and suicide reduced in children and young people;
- how interventions can be tailored to improve the mental health in some specific groups such as black and minority ethnic groups and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people;
- how and why suicidal people use the internet; and
- how support can be provided effectively to those bereaved or affected by suicide.
Notes to Editors
- The call for research proposals to support the implementation of the national suicide prevention strategy is already underway and can be found on the DH website.
- In 2010 around 4,200 people died by suicide and it continues to be a public health issue especially now at a time of economic and employment uncertainty. Did you know:
- The suicide rate is highest amongst men aged 35-49 years old and overall men are three times more likely than women to take their own life;
- By age 16, up to 14% of adolescents will have self-harmed once in their life; and
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are twice as likely as heterosexual people to self harm.