Royal College of Psychiatrists’ President, Professor Sue Bailey,
today (Monday 10 September) welcomed the publication of ‘Preventing
suicide in England’, a new cross-government strategy.
Professor Bailey said: “This strategy should
lead to more information and support for those at risk of and
affected by suicide and I welcome any concerted activity aimed at
reducing the number of people who take their own lives.
“Coming on World Suicide Prevention Day, it
draws attention to the terrible sense of waste and loss that
follows any suicide and highlights the vital work of health and
social care professionals and the voluntary sector."
To coincide with World Suicide Prevention day,
the Royal College of Psychiatrists, together with Open Minds
Alliance CIC and Samaritans, is leading a coalition of more than
100 UK organisations to spread the message that it is possible to
overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings and that there are many
resources available to help those who are struggling to cope.
It is supporting U Can Cope (http://ucancope.org/), which has
produced a film featuring a number of testimonials from men and
women who at some point in their lives felt suicide was their only
option, but who found help and support. You can watch the film on
the RCPsych YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/rcofpsychiatrists.
For further information, please
Kathy Oxtoby or
Deborah Hart in the Communications
Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538