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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

‘Preventing suicide in England’, a new cross-government strategy

Embargoed until 10 September 2012

Royal College of Psychiatrists’ President, Professor Sue Bailey, today (Monday 10 September) welcomed the publication of ‘Preventing suicide in England’, a new cross-government strategy.

Professor Bailey said: “This strategy should lead to more information and support for those at risk of and affected by suicide and I welcome any concerted activity aimed at reducing the number of people who take their own lives.


“Coming on World Suicide Prevention Day, it draws attention to the terrible sense of waste and loss that follows any suicide and highlights the vital work of health and social care professionals and the voluntary sector."


To coincide with World Suicide Prevention day, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, together with Open Minds Alliance CIC and Samaritans, is leading a coalition of more than 100 UK organisations to spread the message that it is possible to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings and that there are many resources available to help those who are struggling to cope.


It is supporting U Can Cope (, which has produced a film featuring a number of testimonials from men and women who at some point in their lives felt suicide was their only option, but who found help and support. You can watch the film on the RCPsych YouTube channel at

For further information, please contact:
Sarah Nevins
Press & Social Media Officer
Telephone: 020 3701 2543
Claire McLoughlin
Media & Communications Manager 
Telephone: 020 3701 2544
Out of hours contact number: 07860 755896


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