at lowest level since 1995
October 30, 2006
are at their lowest level since 1995, according to the Office For
The average is now 8.5 deaths per 100,000. This is down from 9.4
deaths per 100,000 in 1995. The government aims to reduce suicides
to 7.3 deaths per 100,000 by 2011.
A new Department of Health guide has also been published which advises
agencies on how to prevent suicides at local 'hotspots', such as
railway bridges or cliffs
The guide provides advice on how to identify potential hotspots.
It suggests measures, such as installing telephone helplines, to
deter people who want to kill themselves.
In 2004, there was over 300 cases of suicide involving jumping from
a height or people throwing themselves in front of vehicles.
The guidance offers suggestions to agencies, such as erecting physical
barriers at well known 'jump points', and having 'suicide patrols'
of volunteer or paid counsellors.
In 1998, the government introduced legislation to reduce the size
of paracetamol and aspirin packs. This has been credited with a
drop in suicides from overdoses of paracetamol or aspirin of nearly
a quarter in three years.
"Guidance on action to be taken at suicide hotspots",
produced by the Care Services Improvement Partnership, is at www.nimhe.csip.org.uk
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