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“Encouraging” suicide figures published

10th July 2009

A fall in suicide rates has been described as “encouraging” by one government minister.

Care services minister Phil Hope is optimistic following the latest data, released today, which reveals that the number of UK suicides decreased in 2007 to an new low of 7.5 deaths for every 100,000 people.

The new statistics show that the suicide rate among adult males under 35 continues to fall and that the number of mental health inpatients taking their own lives is also in decline, with 136 committing suicide in 2006 compared to 216 in 1996.

“The fact that suicide rates continue to fall is encouraging,” said Mr Hope, who yesterday announced that specialist dementia advisors would be starting work this week at UK support centres for people living with dementia.

“We will continue to work with the NHS, local authorities and other agencies to try to prevent suicides as far as possible.”

Acknowledging that the results were positive, Professor Louis Appleby, clinical director for mental health at the Department for Health, urged front-line agencies to be aware that given the current economic turbulence, extra effort was needed to reduce the number of suicides still further.

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