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CALM's view on the new ONS suicide stats

Simon Gunning, CEO of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), reacts to the ONS's 2018 Suicide Registrations in the UK report. The full report is available to view here.

We’re hugely concerned by the latest ONS report on suicide, which represents the first increase in the rate of suicide in the UK since 2013. In 2018, 6,507 lives were lost to suicide in the UK and, again, three quarters of those deaths registered were male - a gender bias that has existed since the 1990s. While it’s too early to be able to identify if this increase is part of a larger societal trend, the report certainly makes for very difficult reading today.

At CALM we interact with people affected by this issue every day, and we can plainly see the pain so many people experience after losing a loved one through suicide. This report highlights the scale of the issue and brutally illustrates that, while great strides have been made around mental health and suicide awareness in recent years, this issue is not going away. Now more than ever, we must acknowledge this and act with urgency.