SANE, the leading mental health charity, today welcomes the launch of the Government’s new suicide prevention strategy for England.
We hope that there will be measures to support families. Our own experience is that they, along with carers and close friends, are often best placed to help prevent suicides, but can feel unsure about how to intervene.
SANE has been conducting an in-depth series of research projects into this neglected area of study. There has been considerable focus on national suicide rates and factors that may contribute, but very little research on the personal experience of those who are suicidal and the people closest to them.
Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, said: “SANE is conducting pioneering and intensive research into what is in the mind of the person at that pivotal moment when they choose to take their own lives and what others, particularly families and those close to them, can do to help someone avoid taking that irrevocable step.
“Our research explores the relationships between the suicidal person, their family and the health professionals who are involved in their care. Our results, when they are available, will help to improve the collaboration that is so central to suicide prevention.
“Daily we hear stories of families and friends living in constant apprehension that the worst may happen. They need to be able to turn to doctors and others for guidance and strategies so that they have more confidence in their own ability to help in preventing tragic outcomes.”
Although the suicide rate in England has remained relatively stable over the last ten years, there were still 4,200 people in England who committed suicide in 2010, the latest year for which evidence is available. Across the globe almost 1 million people complete suicide every year, representing one death every 40 seconds. It is one of the three leading causes of death for people between the ages of 15 and 44.
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