Suicide remains the leading cause of death in men under the age of 45 and currently each day, 18 people take their own lives in the UK and Ireland – with ¾ of them being men. Many people will know of somebody affected by suicide and of the devastation left behind. It disproportionately affects certain groups, for example those employed within the construction industry and who are twice as likely to take their own lives compared to the next highest risk group. Other high-risk groups include farmers, health and emergency service workers, musicians, postnatal women and those affected by Aspergers.
There are a number of factors linked to the incidence of suicide, including deprivation, financial hardship, relationship breakdown and loneliness. In light of the fact that the vast majority of those who take their own lives saw a doctor, social worker, psychiatrist or other health professional in the 12 months before death however, there is a need for improved governmental led strategic thinking, investment and action focused on reducing the incidence of suicide.