“Every suicide is a tragedy and it is worrying that today’s analysis has shown particularly high rates among males and in certain age groups, including a long-term increase in under-25s."
Responding to latest official statistics and reports showing that 2018 saw the highest suicide rate in 14 years, with the greatest long-term increases seen in young people aged 10-24 and men aged 45-64, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“Every suicide is a tragedy and it is worrying that today’s analysis has shown particularly high rates among males and in certain age groups, including a long-term increase in under-25s.
“Suicide prevention is an absolute priority for local government. Every council has a suicide prevention plan in place, working closely with the voluntary and community sector, schools, railway operators, businesses, hospitals and the police to prevent suicide and help those affected by it.
“A new national focus is also needed on helping everyone stay mentally well throughout their lives, including those affected by COVID-19, backed-up by funding for councils to spend with local partners, to help prevent more serious problems from developing.
“No new public health funding, or recognition of the vital role of statutory children’s and adults mental health services, in the recent Spending Review makes this incredibly challenging next year.
“Urgent investment in these essential local services is needed, so that councils can help everyone to stay mentally healthy and prevent suicide.”