Youngest Suicides Not Getting Mental Health Help

The Birmingham Post (England), October 23, 2008 | Go to article overview
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Youngest Suicides Not Getting Mental Health Help


Only 14 per cent of young people who committed suicide between 1997 and 2003 were in contact withmental health services in the year before their deaths, according to research published yesteroday.

The University of Manchester study found that while 26 per cent of adults received help from mental health services in the 12months leading up to their suicide, the figure was almost halved among 10 to 19-year-olds.

The report also stated that suicide rates among young people in the UK fell by 28 per cent during the seven year period.

Suicides among males aged 15 to 19 years of age still outnumbered adolescent females, however, by a ratio of three to one.

Dr Kirsten Windfuhr from the university's Centre for Suicide Prevention said that while suicide rates fell significantly over the period, the lack of communication with mental health services was "concerning".

"There is a very low rate of contact among young people in the year prior to suicide, particularlyamong youngmen, with 12 per cent," the academic said.

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