Turning Point's Managing Director for Mental Health says it is a tragedy that suicide is a growing issue in the UK

News item posted: 17 March 2017

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

Statistics released by the ONS show that there is cause for concern amongst people experiencing mental health issues. Although there was only a small rise in the number of suicides between 2014 and 2015, it is still a tragedy that the numbers are not decreasing.

‘A whole host of issues can drive people to commit suicide; with the numbers rising, it is evident that more and more people feel like they have nowhere to turn. Whilst rates of suicide are higher amongst men, the ONS figures show that female suicide rates have risen to their highest in a decade. We need to acknowledge this trend by reflecting this in the conversations we have and the support we provide.

‘A large proportion of people committing suicide have had no contact with mental health services, even after attempted suicide – for example, recent research by the Education Policy Institute’s Independent Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health showed that 66.9% of people aged 16 – 34 who had attempted suicide subsequently received no mental health or psychological support.

‘Frontline mental health spending is being cut, leaving people with even fewer options for accessing support.

‘At Turning Point, we provide a range of services to help people recover from mental ill health such as Crisis and Talking Therapy services; specialist rehabilitation; step down and supported accommodation. We want the Government to make real it’s commitment to invest more in mental health services so that we can extend access and reach out to those in need to avoid people going into crisis in the first place.’