Between 300 and 350 people in Wales die from suicide each year; it is a major cause of death amongst people aged 15-44. About three quarters of people who commit suicide are men, in Wales and across the UK. The most recent statistics on suicide (published 7 September 2017) show an improvement in Wales of the age-standardised suicide rate for males and females from 13.0 in 2015 to 11.8 per 100,000 people in 2016. The Welsh Government’s suicide and self-harm prevention strategy Talk to me 2 - Suicide and self-harm prevention strategy for Wales 2015-2020 was launched in July 2015. It followed Talk to Me. The National Action Plan to Reduce Suicide and Self Harm in Wales 2009-2014. Talk to me 2 identifies suicide as a ‘major public health challenge’.
Mental health services have an important role to play in suicide prevention. The Welsh Government’s priorities for mental health services in Wales are set out in the Together for Mental Health strategy and the Together for Mental Health Delivery Plan 2016-19 and mental health service provision is underpinned by the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 which has a preventative ethos.
The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s inquiry will focus on suicide prevention for people aged 15 and over in Wales.
Terms of reference
To examine the extent of the problem of suicide in Wales and what can be done to address it.
Help and support
If you’re struggling to cope, need to talk to someone or feeling suicidal, you can contact Samaritans.
Freephone 24 hours a day from any phone on 116 123.
Welsh Language Line: 0808 164 0123 (7pm-11pm, 7 days a week)
Website: Samaritans Cymru
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
Type: For information
First published: 11/10/2017