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A cry for real help

Hospitals are wrong to treat suicide attempts as just a medical emergency

By Anna Blundy   November 2012

A Samaritans support sign on Beachy Head, near Eastbourne; others are placed at railway tracks, bridges and buildings across the country

Suicides are startlingly common. Over 5000 are reported in the UK every year, according to the Office for National Statistics—more than double the number of people killed in road traffic accidents. Governments across the world rightly see prevention of suicidal behaviour as an important healthcare target. This autumn has seen World Suicide Prevention Day, international conferences in both Israel and Norway (contrary to popular belief Norway, Sweden and Denmark’s…

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