On Suicide Prevention Day, South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne is encouraging the public to learn more about the support available to those feeling suicidal.
In the UK, there were 6,507 suicides in 2018 - an 11.8% increase in death by suicide. The rate of deaths among under 25s increased by 23.7%, reaching 730 deaths in 2018. The highest suicide rate is among men aged 45-49, and men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Mr Dunne said: “Every suicide is a tragedy, and we must do more to show people it is OK not to be OK.
There is help and support available, from a wide range of charities like Samaritans, who will listen and help you talk through your concerns, worries and troubles. Similarly, if you are worried about a friend, family member or colleague, Samaritans offer guidance on how to be supportive and become a good listener – which can save a life.”
Samaritans can be contacted for free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
The government is increasing funding for mental health services by £2.3bn a year by 2023/24, with mental health forming a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan.