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LGA responds to ONS suicide statistics

Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, responds to the number of registered deaths in the UK from suicide in 2015.

"Every suicide tells a different but equally tragic story. The fact there have been more than 6,000 suicides in the previous year shows the need for suicide to be recognised as a major national public health concern.

"The rise in suicide rates highlights the urgency for a root and branch overhaul of mental health services that focuses on prevention.

"Councils commission mental health services alongside the NHS and there are opportunities for both to work closely together to achieve the improvements needed.

"It is vital that these are identified and addressed without delay and that the system is joined-up to help tackle the challenges faced each day by anyone experiencing the devastating mental health issues that leads a person to take their own life.

"Suicide is preventable and we must all work together to develop community based suicide prevention plans that reach out to every part of England."

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Media guidelines for reporting suicide

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