Samaritans' comment on figures showing increase in female suicide in England

A leading suicide prevention academic has revealed that female suicide in England is at its highest rate since 2005, while suicides in males have stabilised.

Louis Appleby at the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) annual conference today revealed that male suicides did not increase in 2014, while female suicides have risen by 14 per cent since 2013. Men are still three times more likely to take their own lives than women.

Paul McDonald, Executive Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns at Samaritans, speaking from the conference said: “Every single suicide matters to Samaritans and our vision is that fewer people die by suicide. Early indications from the statistics, due out on Thursday from the Office for National Statistics, suggest that while approximately three times as many men still take their own lives, there has been a rise in female suicides. Samaritans uses these figures to inform our work so we will continue to target the most at risk in society and continue to ensure that suicide prevention work is not blind to women. We will continue to speak out about the importance of emotional resilience and wellbeing and as always are ready to take calls, emails and texts from anyone struggling to cope, with anything, at any time of day or night.”

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