Suicide the second most common cause of death for homeless people, ONS stats show

New figures from the Office for National Statistics released today show that suicide is the second most common cause of death among people who are homeless in England and Wales.

Thirteen per cent of deaths last year among homeless people were due to suicide.

Samaritans believes this is an issue of inequality, our Dying From Inequality research clearly links deprivation with an increased the risk of suicide – as today’s figures bear out.

People who are homeless need emotional support as well as practical help. This Christmas many Samaritans volunteers from our 201 branches will be at events run by Crisis, the homelessness charity, offering their listening skills to the homeless people there.

Samaritans believes every suicide is one too many. We know that suicide and homelessness are both issues of inequality, which disproportionately affect the most vulnerable people in society.

With homelessness growing, up by nearly a quarter since 2013, the Government needs to act quickly to put support in place to prevent more deaths.


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