Suicide Rate in England Hits Record Low

by Rajashri on Aug 2 2008 2:55 PM

The National Institute for Mental Health in England has said in a report that the suicide rate in England has hit a record low as there has been significant progress in reducing suicides among young people.

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."