The report said the three-year average was 8.3 suicides
per 100,000 population in 2004-06. This figure was down from the 8.5 recorded
in the previous three years.
Furthermore suicides among people with mental health
issues were also down from 1,308 in 2004 to 1,277 in 2005.
Ivan Lewis, the Care Services Minister said the report
was encouraging, but more work needed to be done. "We must do more to
tackle the rise in prison suicides and promote sensitive media reporting of
suicides," he added.
Celia Richardson, of
the Mental Health Foundation said the government needed to put in more efforts.
"We are particularly keen to see community-based approaches being
implemented across the country."