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This week, the government has launched the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, aiming to reduce suicides within five years, with initial reductions within 2.5 years.

The National Suicide Prevention Strategy also sets ambitions to improve support for people who self-harm and people who have been bereaved by suicide.

Commenting on the launch, our Chief Executive, Adam Crampsie, said:

“The strategy recognises that everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention, as it calls for action from national and local government, the health service, and the VCSE sector.

“After seeing a 42% increase in people with suicidal thoughts seeking support from our Together in a Crisis services (January – August 2023) we welcome the launch of the government’s five-year National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

“We know that no single organisation can do it alone. We recognise our place within the community mental health transformation, delivering services that work hand-in-hand with our partners and meet people’s needs in their local area. We look forward to working with our partners to deliver these much needed improvements.

“We’re here so no one struggles alone with our mental health, and we know that every suicide is preventable, so we welcome this whole-system approach to addressing and preventing the causes of suicide.

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