Today, the 10th October marks World Mental Health Day; a day dedicated to raising awareness of the mental health issues and challenges faced by many people each day, who are often suffering in silence. – In fact, mental health issues affect 1 in 4 people in any year.
It is promising to see that the UK Government have announced plans to develop the mental health support provided in schools, including measuring student health and mental wellbeing whilst also introducing new mental health support teams.
A Suicide Prevention Minister has also been appointed by the Prime Minister to prevent the tragedy of suicide. Whilst during the last 25 years, there has been a reduction in the number of suicides in the UK, it is worrying to note that there were still 5,821 suicides recorded in 2017.
The new Suicide Prevention Minister will address the stigma surrounding mental health that all too often prevents people from accessing the support they so desperately require.
The Prime Minister has also pledged £1.8 million to support the cost of the helpline provided by the charity Samaritans, to support those who are struggling to cope. – The Samaritans offer a free of charge helpline, however people who wish to contact them for support can also make contact by email or face to face at Samaritans branches.
At Price Slater Gawne, we have represented many families who sadly have loved ones that have taken their own lives in hospital and the community. This tragic loss could all too often have been prevented in the appropriate level of support had been provided.