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New suicide surveillance system launched in England

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 01 December 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2850
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Ministers have launched a new surveillance system to quickly identify emerging methods of suicide as part of an effort to clamp down on those seeking to sell dangerous products to vulnerable people.

The system will use near to real time data1 from police forces across England showing deaths by suspected suicide by gender, age group, and method.

The new system, which is backed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, is designed to support the pledge in the government’s national suicide prevention strategy to reduce the suicide rate in England within two and a half years.2

Until now, the only national data available on …

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