Mental Health and Young People: Implementing the Suicide Prevention Strategyhttp://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/DK27-PPE.php
OrganisationPublic Policy eXchange
In England and Wales suicide is a leading cause of death, particularly in young people aged 15-24. Statistics show that two young people take their own lives every day and it is estimated there are as many as 140,000 attempted suicides every year. About 24,000 of these cases are of children and young people aged 10-19. Whilst women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are more likely to succeed, with suicide rates being three times higher in men than in women and suicide being the most common cause of death for those under 35.
Having a mental health condition is the most significant risk factor for suicide. It is estimated that 90% of people who attempt or die by suicide suffer from one or more mental health conditions. People with severe depression are twenty times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. Research suggests that 2.5% of children and young people suffering from depression had committed suicide after 20 years and almost half had attempted suicide.
Preventing Suicide in England: A Cross-Government Outcomes Strategy to Save Lives (September 2012) outlines the Government’s aims to reduce the suicide rate and improve support for those most at risk of, or affected by, suicide. The strategy identifies six key areas for action to support delivery of these objectives underlining the need for efficient and effective approaches and interventions. Much of the planning and work to prevent suicides will be carried out locally as local authorities have taken on new local public health and health improvement responsibilities since April 2013.
Death by suicide is an individual tragedy but can also have a devastating effect on families and communities. Family and friends bereaved by a suicide are at increased risk of mental health problems and, potentially, at a higher risk of suicide themselves. As such, improving care and support for families who have been bereaved by suicide is a key objective of the strategy.
One year on since the launch of the suicide prevention strategy, this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness and explore the next steps in strengthening multi-agency working towards suicide prevention. The symposium will examine the vital role of Government action and leadership on suicide prevention and assess specific actions which could contribute towards more effective health and wellbeing approaches in every local area.
Thème(s)Santé mentale, Suicide, Adolescence.
Informations pratiquesLangue : Anglais,
Lieu : Central London, London.