Every death by suicide is a shocking event, with wide-reaching consequences for loved ones, communities, and front-line professionals. Suicide prevention is a recognised health priority in England, and in early 2018, the Department for Health and Social Care, Public health England (PHE), and NHS England announced a three-year investment worth £25 million to support a […]
Cumulative risks and final straws: what leads to children and young people taking their own lives?
A new study has identified numerous, complex factors and a pattern of cumulative risk and final straw stresses that may contribute to suicide risk in children and young people. Cathryn Rodway outlines what the findings tell us and points to issues that policymakers should consider for this tragic cause of death in young people. Along with colleagues […]
Can routine hospital care after self-harm save lives?
A new study has shown just how high the risks of suicide and all-cause death can be for patients who have self-harmed. Here Sarah Steeg and Pauline Turnbull, joint authors of the study, explain that it is not all bad news. Using real-world data on people who go to hospital emergency departments following self-harm, we […]