Government announces plan to tackle suicide on World Mental Health Day

The Government has announced plans to cut the number of deaths from suicide and end the stigma that stops people seeking help.

by THT | 10/10/18

The Government has announced plans to cut the number of deaths from suicide and end the stigma that stops people seeking help.

The first minister for suicide prevention, Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price, has been appointed. The Government has also pledged £1.8m to the Samaritans, so the charity can continue providing its free helpline for the next four years.

Around 4,500 people take their own lives each year and suicide is the leading cause of death among men under 45.

The Government plan coincides with World Mental Health Day and comes at the start of a global mental health summit in London attended by ministers and officials from more than 50 countries, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

As part its plan, the Government has also promised to provide more support in schools to look after the mental wellbeing of youngsters. Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14. 

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence and prevent the tragedy of suicide taking too many lives. And we can give the mental wellbeing of our children the priority it so profoundly deserves.”

 

If you, or someone you know, needs support, there are lots of places you can turn to for help:

  • The Samaritans are open 24 hours a day. Call 116 123 or visit: samaritans.org
  • The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) offers support to men. Call 0800 58 58 58 between 17:00 and 00:00 everyday or visit their webchat page here
  • Papyrus helps people under 35. Call 0800 068 41 41 - Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, weekends 2pm to 10pm, bank holidays 2pm to 5pm - or text 07786 209 697
  • Childline is available for children and young people under 19. Call 0800 1111 - the number will not show up on your bill
  • The Silver Line helps older people. Call 0800 470 8090
To help our customers, Trafford Housing Trust can provide information and guidance about mental health services through the NHS, social care and voluntary services. Please contact 0300 777 7777 and ask to speak to our Mental Health Support Worker.

For all media related enquiries please email:

Samantha.Lafferty@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk

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