The Mental Health and Wellbeing Leads Group, the Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Reduction Partnership Board and Network continue to build on their nationally recognised suicide prevention work, by launching the NO MORE suicide strategy for Cheshire & Merseyside and action plan along with the new suicide liaison service, Amparo.

Suicide is a major social and public health issue: it is a cause of early death and increased mortality rates, the impact on family and friends can be devastating, it carries a huge financial burden for the local economy and contributes to worsening inequalities. The highest numbers of suicides are recorded in men aged 35-54 years and among women 40-59 years. Family and friends are 3 times more at risk of taking their own lives, their health, quality of life and ability to function well at work and in their personal lives is severely affected.

The Department of Health reported that there were 4,524 suicides in the England in 2012, with a rate of 8.0 per 100,000. The majority of those taking their own lives are men (77%). The suicide rate for Cheshire Merseyside in 2012 was slightly above the national average at 8.16 per 100,000, ranging from 6.83 to 10.42 per 100,000 for the nine local authorities.

Champs has produced an infographics poster detailing the key statistics around suicide. Click here to view / download.

The factors leading to someone taking their own life are often complex, however they are amenable to change. The prevention of suicide has to address this complexity. No one organisation is able to directly influence all factors, it is vital that services, communities, individuals and society as a whole work together to help prevent suicides.

For further information please visit the dedicated website for the Cheshire and Merseyside 'NO MORE' Suicide Strategy and associated information www.no-more.co.uk

For more information please e-mail patnicholl@wirral.gov.uk

Our support for World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 can be viewed here.