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This year marks the 20th anniversary, with the report drawing on two decades of evidence.
The main findings of the report are:
“This is a comprehensive analysis of suicide not just in the last year, but over a 20 year period. It gives a clear indication of progress made, especially in reducing inpatient suicides. But the report also shows there is a long way to go in achieving a goal of zero suicides."
“Every year, hundreds of people under the care of mental health crisis teams are ending their lives. It’s a tragedy that anybody who is already in touch with services, and has asked for help, should reach this point. NHS mental health services need to be able respond when people reach out, from early treatment to help prevent people becoming more unwell, to an emergency response that can provide urgent, appropriate, local care when someone is at their most vulnerable."
“A new clear objective to reduce suicide levels by 10 per cent in the Independent Mental Health Taskforce’s Five Year Forward View for Mental Health has been accepted, and Jeremy Hunt has rightly put suicide prevention as a key patient safety issue for the NHS as a whole and beyond. It’s vital that the new strategy draws from the learning of this report to put in place a robust plan locally and nationally. There are still too many families who have lost loved ones and we need clear action to reduce these tragedies.”
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