Comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental helath charity SANE, on the figures from the Suicide Prevention Annual Report on Progress 2008, which show suicide rates for 2007 have reached a record low:
"SANE welcomes the reduction in the number of suicides in England in 2007. Yet we cannot afford to be complacent, as current economic uncertainty and job insecurity may contribute to more people taking their own lives, as a recent study in the Lancet indicated.
"We urge the Government to continue to make reduction of suicide a priority, by providing greater resources for mental health teams to act promptly when warning signs present themselves, and more places of sanctuary where people can be protected from their own destructive feelings and regain the will to live."
Notes to Editors:
A study published this month in The Lancet, The public health effect of economic crises and alternative policy responses in Europe: an empirical analysis, (Stuckler et al), found that every 1% increase in unemployment amongst EU countries was associated with a 0.79% rise in suicides amongst people under 65 years old. You can read the summary of the study here.