Tuesday, 10 September 2019

World Suicide day - who is at risk?what can be done? Get the facts.



10th September is World Suicide Prevention day.

Which countries have the highest rates?
articles looking at long term trends record higher rates for European nations - Lithuania is given the highest rate in this study
Remember to assess the sources and proof used. This systematic review considers the measurement of suicide statistics.

What about age?
Many statistics show higher risk levels amongst adolescents and young adults. This systematic review considers reasons and evidence why

How about LGBT people?

What is the rate in the UK?
There are regularly quarterly bulletins of registered deaths. These include breakdowns by gender 
"Provisional data show there were 10.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people in Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2019 in England, equivalent to 1,240 deaths; in Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2019 there were 10.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 people, equivalent to 1,271 deaths". the rate for males was almost 3 times that of females.
The Mental Health Foundation has interpretation of these figures and resources to support those effected.
Samaritans released this report for 2019


What works in suicide prevention?
the WHO website has a  special section which contains national prevention plans
this 2014 report summarises the evidence on what should be done. this year it identified access to pesticides as a key factor in some nations and issued this guide
This 2018 systematic review article is the first to consider the evidence from youth prevention programmes

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