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Suicide prevention strategy launched

The Department has launched a new cross-government strategy ‘Preventing suicide in England’ on World Suicide Prevention Day.

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Preventing Suicide in England – A cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives

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Assessment of impact on equalities

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Prompts for local leaders on suicide prevention

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Statistical update on suicide – September 2012

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Sources of information and support for families

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The Department has launched a new cross-government strategy ‘Preventing suicide in England’ on World Suicide Prevention Day.

This all-age suicide prevention strategy builds on the successes of the 2002 suicide prevention strategy. Real progress has been made in reducing the already relatively low suicide rate to record low levels.

But there are new challenges to be addressed and at a time when we have economic pressures on the general population, it is particularly timely to revisit a national strategy that has demonstrated clear progress.

The new strategy has been informed by a consultation on the draft suicide prevention strategy in 2011.

The strategy supports action by bringing together knowledge about groups at higher risk of suicide, applying evidence of effective interventions and highlighting resources available.  This will support local decision-making, while recognising the autonomy of local organisations to decide what works in their area.

The strategy is backed by a call to action led by the Samaritans and up to £1.5 million for new research. The U Can Cope campaign, to support and promote the 2012 World Suicide Prevention Day, is being led by Open Minds Alliance CIC, Samaritans, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Southwick Media Consultancy.

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