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24th February 2015
PAPYRUS is a member of The National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group which recently published its Annual Report.
In the Foreword, Minister for Care Services Norman Lamb MP writes:
Every person lost to suicide is a tragedy, for their loved
ones, their colleagues, and society as a whole.
I am very concerned to see the latest figures showing a rise in suicide rates in England. We knew that the global financial crisis could have a significant impact on suicide rates. This was why I was so keen to launch the cross-government suicide prevention strategy for England in my first weeks as a Minister.
We knew that we could not afford to be complacent, because in suicide prevention, complacency kills. With the latest challenges now becoming clear, I am calling on services, communities, and national agencies, to be more ambitious than ever before about suicide prevention. I want us to tackle, once and for all, the still widespread assumption that suicides are inevitable. Suicide is not inevitable for people in crisis – good care can make the vital difference for people who are suicidal.
Three areas have this vision already and are doing incredible things to improve and importantly save lives. I want every part of the country to be just as ambitious.
And we need to continue to tackle stigma surrounding suicide. Suicidal thoughts are far more common than people realise but we just don’t talk about them. Stigma makes it embarrassing or frightening to tell another person, but this is absolutely critical to getting help. We all have a role to play.
By talking openly about suicide we can remove the fear that stops people asking for help. We may feel uncomfortable or frightened of saying the wrong thing but if we tackle this stigma then we will save lives. We need people to feel free to talk to someone and access support knowing that the person they approach will listen and not judge.
You can read the full report here.