Public Policy Exchange is holding a symposium in May on “Embedding a Partnership Approach to Suicide Prevention: Early Intervention and Sustained Postvention” and notes that there were 6,188 recorded suicides in the UK in 2015 (ONS).
Men constitute three-quarters of this total, with suicide being the leading cause of death in adult men under 50; yet it is also the biggest killer of all people aged between 10 and 34 (Public Health England). While the emotional impact of suicide and bereavement is incalculable, the estimated economic cost of each death is estimated at £1.67m, in loss of productivity, service provision and care. In response, the Government, NHS and Executive Agencies have made a concerted effort to offer guidance on suicide prevention and enact measures aimed at reducing the number of lives lost to suicide in the UK. As Public Policy Exchange states, however, significant progress is required. Suicides by people in contact with mental health services are the most preventable, yet have increased to 1,329 a year in England (Preventing Suicide in England).
Furthermore, despite one in ten people bereaved by suicide subsequently attempting to end their own life, two-thirds of people bereaved by suicide receive no formal support from the health service or voluntary sector (Support after Suicide).
“SurvivorsUK understands only too well the way in which male sexual abuse can lead to addiction, self-harm and suicide” said Keith Best Chief Executive. “This is why our emotional support and counselling services are so important and why part of the suicide prevention strategy must be to address the issue of male sexual abuse – to ignore it is to close one’s eyes to reality as well as abandoning those who feel that the only way out is to take their own life and leave a terrible legacy of loss and grief.”