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Suicide Rates Soar in England and United States

Suicide Rates Soar

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

News Sky featured the rising suicide rates in England. This is not different from the United States as per CNN’s report. Read through:

Charities say mental health provision for thousands of people at risk of taking their own lives is not adequate.

The number of suicides in England and Wales has hit a 15-year high, according to the latest figures.

A total of 5,199 people took their own lives in 2015 – a rise year on year over the last five.

The number of men killing themselves is also three times higher than women, although the figure has dropped slightly since 2014.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day.

This year there is an emphasis on the high number of men who take their own life.

Nick, who doesn’t want to be named, was on the verge of killing himself when he rang a charity for help.

He describes feeling “feeble, weak and pathetic”, saying “not existing felt like the best option.”

He was saved by contact with Suicide Crisis which runs a centre in Gloucestershire.

“They used the words ‘we want you live’, ‘you deserve to live’ and those are the words I suppose you want to hear.”

“I remember feeling frightened, stupid, selfish because I didn’t want to be here anymore.

“I had sons I had a grandson and in your right mind you would never leave these people. I wasn’t in my right mind.”

Charities say mental health provision dedicated to those at risk of suicide is not adequate.

Joy Hibbins, who set up a walk-in Suicide Crisis centre in Gloucestershire, wants to see more similar centres all over the country.

“We’re the only crisis centre of this type where we provide not just a centre for people to come but we also do home visits to people. We’ve been contacted by individuals from all over the country saying ‘we need a Suicide Crisis centre here’.

“It’s not just in one town but it’s happening in every city, in every town. People are saying this is really what we need.”

As per CNN: The number of suicides in the United States has been on the rise since 1999 in everyone between the ages of 10 and 74, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read full details here:



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