Preventing suicides must remain a priority

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7316.808a (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:808
  1. Louis Appleby, national director for mental health, Department of Health (louis.appleby@man.ac.uk)
  1. School of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M20 8LR

    EDITOR—Davies et al are sceptical about the intention to reduce suicide set out in the national service framework on mental health, mainly because they regard suicide as rare.1 In fact, there are around 5000 suicides a year in England. This is more than the number of deaths in motor vehicle crashes and more than 10 times the number of deaths from …

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