Suicide prevention strategy: interim report published
The Health Committee has today published an interim report to inform suicide prevention strategy. The reports outlines 5 key messages for suicide prevention including:
Services to support people who are vulnerable to suicide – this includes wider support for public mental health and wellbeing alongside the identification of and targeted support for at risk groups through early intervention services and access to help in non-clinical settings. The Committee recommends improvements in both primary and secondary care and services for those bereaved by suicide.
Chair of the Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, said:
"4,820 people are recorded as having died by suicide in England last year, but the true figure is likely to be higher. Suicide is preventable and much more can and should be done to support those at risk.
I hope to see the most important messages from witnesses to our inquiry taken into account by the Government in their renewed suicide prevention strategy. The Committee will scrutinise the updated strategy and then hold a follow-up hearing before publishing a full report."
Further information and the full report is available here.
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