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 […]
Losing a loved one to suicide: how the right policies might reduce risk
A new study released by The University of Manchester revealed that GPs looking after someone who has lost a child to suicide had a lack of knowledge and confidence on how best to support them. Those bereaved by suicide are a very vulnerable group at significant risk of dying by suicide themselves and an important […]
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 […]
Statistics, the Sun and government press offices
Reporting the relationship between mental illness and homicide and suicide must be handled sensitively. When it is not, a social media firestorm can follow, explains Professor Louis Appleby. It was about 18 months ago, late at night, when I checked my Twitter timeline for news. What I found took me by surprise. The mental health […]
Complex and ethically contentious; how will the Assisted Dying Bill play out?
Legislation to permit assisted dying will be debated in Parliament this week, after hitting the headlines at the weekend. Dr Alexandra Mullock explains the legal background and some of the issues Peers and MPs will need to consider. Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill – due to be debated in the House of Lords later this week – […]