Nick Clegg's plan for 'zero suicides'
The Deputy PM, Nick Clegg today hosted a Mental Health Conference, where he called on all NHS trusts to commit to a new ambition for ‘zero suicides’. The deputy prime minister wants hospitals to to adopt an approach pioneered by the Henry Ford Medical Group in Detroit; a programme that within four years saw the suicide rate among their patient population fall by 75% and by 2008, they had stopped all suicides among patients of the medical group.
Our Chief Executive, Emer O'Neill's said, "I'm pleased to see the proposal of better support for people experiencing suicidal thoughts. For too long people at their most vulnerable have been left isolated, alone and racked with fear. They are often surrounded by people who really don't understand how unwell they are, and what they can do to help. At DA we know from our years of experience that having a range of support and treatment options available is essential. We advocate having easy access to professional support and a network of people who have lived experience of depression."
You can read the full press release on the gov.uk website.