The Government pledge to reduce England’s suicide rate within 2 and a half years with launch of new national suicide prevention strategy.
Key objectives are to:
reduce the suicide rate over the next 5 years – with initial reductions observed within half this time or sooner
improve support for people who have self-harmed
improve support for people bereaved by suicide.
Key commitments for the NHS include:
ensuring that patients receive good-quality follow-up support within 72 hours of being discharged from inpatient mental health settings
improving the quality and culture of inpatient services
establishing a clearer national picture on suicides by children, young people and autistic adults, to inform future policy
inviting charities and voluntary organisations to bid for money from a new £10m grant fund over the next two years to deliver suicide prevention services.
Read more about the strategy on GOV.UK.