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Posted date: 19 Jan 2015

Suicide is one of the biggest killers of men

The government is calling for a fundamental overhaul of how the NHS tackles suicides.
According to the BBC, Deputy PM Nick Clegg says many suicides can be avoided.
"Suicide is preventable, it is not inevitable", said Mr Clegg.
"We have to break this hidden assumption that nothing can be done to stop people killing themselves.”
"Suicide is one of the biggest killers of men under the age of 50 and if this was a physical health problem, there would be a national outcry."
Mr Clegg is said to favour the approach is based on a successful scheme in the US city of Detroit, where the suicide rate among patients in the scheme fell by 75% within four years.

More than 4,700 people killed themselves in England in 2013, a rise of more than 6% on 2012.

Read the full BBC story here

Read our (Aug 2014) blog on men’s mental health here.

Find help and resources on mental health issues from ‘Mind & Soul’. 



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