New suicide prevention strategy shared by government
As part of a new initiative to reduce suicide rates in the UK, the government has shared a national suicide prevention strategy.
This move seeks to combat the rising suicide rates and extend critical mental health assistance to specific at-risk groups, including young people, middle-aged men, healthcare staff, individuals on the autism spectrum, and new mothers.
Tragically, we lost 5,275 people to suicide in 2022, which is equal to 10.6 suicides per 100,000 people according to the Office of National Statistics. The government has pledged to reverse these alarming trends in the next two and half years.
As part of the 100+ initiatives within the plan, a national alert system will be introduced to provide updated guidance to first responders and increase awareness around suicide prevention.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Steve Barclay, said: “This national cross-government strategy details over 100 actions we’ll take to ensure anyone experiencing the turmoil of a crisis has access to the urgent support they need.
“It’s imperative we support people earlier to prevent them reaching the lowest point, while tackling emerging methods of suicide, and eradicating harmful material online.
“We’re working at pace to achieve this, and we continue to invest billions of pounds to transform and improve our nation’s mental health services and – most importantly – save lives.”
If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health, please seek immediate assistance from a trusted healthcare professional, such as your GP. Call 999 in an emergency.
Furthermore, all NHS staff can access mental health and wellbeing hubs to access free services and support, such as talking therapy.