World Suicide Prevention Campaign

September 30, 2016   //   No Comments

world health organization2The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently organised the World Suicide Prevention Day.  The event serves as a call to action to individuals and organisations to prevent suicide. This year, the theme encouraged people to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.

The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year with 5199 suicides registered in England and Wales in 2015. There was a downward trend in suicides between 1981 and 2007 but since 2007, the number of suicides has been increasing.

Despite recent increases in the number of suicides, the rate of suicide in England and Wales has fallen by 29% since 1981. Men are more at risk of dying by suicide than women with men representing 75% of all suicides registered in 2015. Men in their 40s and 50s have the highest number of suicides.  Suicide was the leading cause of death for people age 20 to 34 in 2014.

Help is available to people in need from the Samaritans who may be contacted on 08457 90 90 90, email at or by visiting their website. The full report may be read on the website of the Office for National Statistics.