Suicide and self-harm prevention strategy is launched

07 November 2019

A five-year plan to reduce rates of suicide and self-harm has been launched by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

The Protect life 2 suicide prevention strategy sets out plans for improved prevention and support services, including greater focus on those bereaved by suicide, more support for those who care for others and better working across government departments. It is supported by an additional £1.35m on top of the £8.7m currently invested in suicide prevention.

Richard Pengelly, permanent secretary at the Department of Health, said: ‘One of the aims is to deliver suicide prevention services and support, with a particular focus on deprived areas where self-harm rates are highest and suicide rates are over 3.5 times higher than those in the least deprived areas.’

The challenge will be to ‘reduce suicide rates by 10% by 2024, in line with WHO advice’, he added.

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