The most recent statistics show that middle-aged men are the group at the highest risk of committing suicide in the UK. Whilst the suicide rates among this group have indeed fallen during the past decade, overall rates have seen a slight rise reaching 4,215 recorded suicides in 2010.
In addition, the figures also revealed that from 2008-10 the three-year average suicide rate for men aged between 35 and 49 was the highest of any group at 20.8 per 100,000 of the population.
Whilst the exact reasoning behind every case of suicide is difficult to determine and impossible to generalise, concern over finances as a result of the recession is often cited as a key reason. The new strategy has said that the current economic problems are likely to have had a bearing on rates – in particular within middle-aged men.
It has now been 10 years since the last government suicide strategy, and officials are hoping that the new approach and £1.5m towards research will be able to offer better support that is key to reducing the rates further.
Aside from middle-aged men, other high-risk groups include individuals with mental health problems and those with a history of self-harm.
The strategy contains plans to reduce access to suicide-related Internet sites among children, and to decrease the opportunity for suicide among individuals in prison or mental health facilities.
The government has also made a commitment to providing better information and support systems to those who are bereaved or impacted by the suicide of a loved one.
Suicide is a very delicate issue and it is more often than not extremely difficult to voice to another person any suicidal thoughts you may be having, or indeed to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. If you are having suicidal thoughts or you know someone who is, then you should visit/encourage a visit to the GP to discuss the available options. You can talk to a GP in complete confidence and they will be able to suggest possible treatment options and will refer you forward to someone who can help.
In situations such as these a counsellor can often be an extreme comfort and a form of release. You can talk to a counsellor in total and utter confidence, without fear of judgement or disapproval. In this therapeutic settings you can explore why you are feeling the way you do so that eventually you can start moving forward with a positive outlook. Counselling can also be extremely beneficial to those who are bereaved after losing a person who is close to them through suicide.
Another option which you may find helpful to explore is that of hypnotherapy. Whilst it is important to seek professional help from your healthcare provider first of all – you may also find that hypnosis could help you to overcome a negative mindset that you are finding difficult to shift. For further information, you may want to visit our Depression page to find out how this type of therapy could be beneficial when used alongside other treatment methods.
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