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New ambition for zero suicides across the NHS announced

19th January 2015

The government has announced an ambitious new target to achieve zero suicides across the NHS as part of its ongoing efforts to improve mental health care.

Outlined by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg at a recent mental health conference, the move will see NHS trusts asked to commit to the new goal, with Mersey Care in Liverpool, South West England and East of England having all taken up the challenge already.

Almost 4,700 people died by suicide in 2013 in England, with 78 percent of this total being men. It remains one of the leading killers among men under the age of 50.

This new approach would see the NHS taking a more proactive approach to changing this by keeping in touch with patients who move back home after spending time on a ward, putting personal safety plans in place and bringing safety systems in line with treatment for physical health.

Mr Clegg said: "Suicide is, and always has been, a massive taboo in our society. People are genuinely scared to talk about it, never mind intervene when they believe a loved one is at risk."

The government has made a number of efforts to improve NHS mental health care and will be introducing the first ever waiting time standards for mental health treatment this April. There is also a move to refocus care on talking therapies over medication.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801770862-ADNFCR

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