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Sadly 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year in the UK. Also…at any given time, 1 in 6 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill-health.
In England alone, mental illnesses are more common, long-lasting and impactful than any other health condition.
That is why it is so important to increase the understanding of mental health, challenge the stigma around it and help those dealing with the illness.
The rate of male suicide in England and Wales last year reached its highest level for two decades, according to new figures.
Men accounted for three-quarters of suicide deaths registered in 2019, making up 4,303 of the 5,691 deaths by suicide.
Based on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, that puts the rate of male suicides at 16.9 deaths per 100,000 - the highest since 2000.
The figures show no drop in the rate of male suicide since the year before either, with the rate in line with that of 2018.
Men aged 45 to 49 had the highest age-specific suicide rate at 25.5 deaths per 100,000.
The highest rate among women was for 50 to 54-year-olds, at 7.4 deaths per 100,000.
potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic
Provisional data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggested there had been 845 registered deaths by suicide during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic between April and June 2020.
At a rate of 6.9 suicides per 100,000 people, the ONS said the low number was not necessarily a sign of improvement but likely due to inquests being delayed because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
It warned: "The lower number of deaths registered caused by suicide in quarter two of 2020 should be interpreted with caution; this likely reflects delays to inquests because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the coroner’s service."
Due to the time taken to hold an inquest, around five months, the (ONS) Office for National Statistics data said it did not currently know the total number of suicides that occurred during the height of the pandemic.
If you are experiencing difficulties and feel you need additional support you may find these contact numbers and information useful, especially outside of normal working hours.
Anxiety UK Helpline
03444 775 774
Text Service: 07537 416 905
Young minds Parents Helpline
0808 802 5544
HOPE line UK
0800 068 41 41
Suicide prevention for young people up to the age of 35
0300 304 7000 4.30-10.30pm
For to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers
0800 58 58 58 5pm-midnight
The charity aims to prevent male suicide.
PAPYRUS (National Charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.)
0800 068 4141
0808 800 4104 10am-3pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)
NHS non-emergency 111
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need urgent support, call 999 or contact your local Emergency Department/ A & E.
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