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Five year plan aims to reduce suicide and self-harm in Wales

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A new five-year plan to reduce suicide and self-harm in Wales has been unveiled for consultation by the Welsh Government.

Each year in Wales between 300 and 350 people die from suicide, and there are around 5,500 hospital admissions for self-harm every year.

Talk to Me 2 will build on the first Talk to Me plan, which was launched in 2009, said the Welsh Government.

The new plan sets out the strategic aims and objectives to prevent and reduce suicide and self-harm in Wales from 2014-19.

“Our five-year strategy aims to promote, co-ordinate and support plans and programmes to reduce suicide and prevent self-harm”

Mark Drakeford

It identifies the groups of people deemed particularly vulnerable to suicide and self-harm and sets out the care they should receive, provided in the right place, at the right time.

The prevention activities, which will be a national priority in Wales over the next five years, include delivering appropriate responses to personal crises, early intervention and management of suicide and self-harm.

It will also include further work to improve awareness and understanding among people who frequently come into contact with those at risk of suicide and self-harm, and also providing support for people bereaved or affected by suicide and self-harm.

Health and social services minister Mark Drakeford said: “Suicide is usually in response to a complex series of factors, which are both personal and related to wider social and community influences.

“It is estimated that for every person who dies through suicide at least six others are significantly and directly affected,” he said. “Many others may be indirectly affected.

“Our five-year strategy aims to promote, co-ordinate and support plans and programmes to reduce suicide and prevent self harm at national, regional and local levels,” he added. “No single organisation or government department can tackle this issue in isolation.”

Talk to Me 2 will be subject to a 12-week consultation, which closes on 5 March.

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