Turning Point responds to Health Select Committee Suicide Prevention Report

News item posted: 19 June 2017

John Campbell, Turning Point’s Managing Director for Mental Health said:

‘Today’s interim report into suicide prevention by the Health Select Committee raises a number of issues that need addressing as quickly as possible if we are to confront the growing number of suicides in the UK.

‘Suicide is preventable, but only if the support networks and services are there for people to fall back on. Unfortunately, the support that people have relied on in the past has been affected by funding pressures faced by Local Authorities in conjunction with a lack of funding increases for mental health services.

‘What struck me most about today’s report are the economic issues as both a cause and result of suicide. Firstly, the report highlights a greater occurrence of suicide within deprived communities, suggesting that poverty and financial hardship are leading more people to suicide. In addition to this, the report states that the cost to the economy is around £1.67 million for every life lost to suicide. With over 6,000 suicides in the UK in 2015 alone, this is a total cost of over £10 billion – therefore investment in extending access to early intervention and crisis support particularly targeted at those more vulnerable would save money as well as lives.

‘When faced with this, it is important that people are aware of the support they can access if they are experiencing suicidal ideations and other mental health issues. Turning Point operates services across the country, including crisis services and Talking Therapies. For more information, visit www.turning-point.co.uk. Alternatively, you can go to https://talking.turning-point.co.uk/ to find out more about our Talking Therapies services.’