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Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that more women took their own lives in 2015 than at any time in the previous decade, and that deaths by suicide in Northern Ireland are at an all-time high.The figure for the UK as a whole was slightly…
A prisoner takes their own life every three days as the number of suicides in jails reaches "epidemic proportions", campaigners have warned. The Howard League for Penal Reform said it has been notified of 102 people dying by suicide behind bars this year. With five weeks left until the end…
The Public Health Agency (PHA) in Northern Ireland has published a report on the extent of self-harm over the past three years. The Northern Ireland Registry of Self-Harm Three-Year Report 2012/13-2014/15 is an analysis of the prevalence of self-harm presentations to the 12 local Emergency Departments (EDs) of Northern Ireland’s…
Asking, listening and getting help for someone can prevent suicide. That was the message from Health Ministers, Michelle O’Neill MLA and Simon Harris TD as they jointly launched a new North South ‘Concerned about Suicide’ leaflet. Launched at the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh the leaflet highlights how…
Prison safety has deteriorated to its most serious level and there is no sign of an improvement in rates of violence and self-harm, the chairman of the Parole Board has warned. Professor Nick Hardwick said the latest jail safety figures are "appalling" and the "worst they have ever been". His…
Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has said we must continue to work together across government and other sectors to reduce the suicide rate in Northern Ireland. The Minister was speaking after the thirteenth meeting of the Ministerial Co-ordination Group on Suicide Prevention, where Executive Ministers provided updates on action being taken…
People with mental health problems who are cared for by community crisis teams are far more likely to kill themselves than those treated in hospital, research shows. Some 200 suicides occur every year among those receiving crisis resolution and home treatment (CRHT) - three times the figure for inpatients. Experts…
A recent study from academics at City, University of London has shown that the 2008 recession in Europe was associated with adverse health outcomes, as the crisis was linked to an increase in the number of suicides and mental health problems. However, in the review of studies the City authors…
Northern Ireland Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, has launched a consultation on Protect Life 2 – a strategy for suicide prevention in the north of Ireland. The consultation was launched to coincide with the 2016 World Suicide Prevention Day ( Saturday 10 September) with a theme of 'Connect, Communicate, Care' -…
"I have met many parents who have lost a child to suicide," explains Louis Appleby, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group. "They are looking for explanations, they often want to help protect other young people, they are dealing…
Childline is handling soaring numbers of calls from children seeking help for suicidal thoughts, a new report has revealed. The NSPCC service held 19,481 counselling sessions about suicide in 2015/16 - equal to one every half an hour. The number of contacts from young people plagued by thoughts of ending…
A University of East London report has found that a unique pilot programme which offers people experiencing emotional distress or feeling suicidal, greatly improved the wellbeing of most clients. The report, by UEL’s Centre for Social Work Research, concluded that a majority of people referred to The Place of Calm…
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