The UK’s first national investigation into suicide in children and young people is being set up by The University of Manchester to examine causes and recommend prevention strategies.
“Suicide is one of the main causes of death in young people. Despite this there is no current system nationally for reporting suicide trends or recommending priorities for prevention in this specific age group. The investigation hopes to fill this gap.” Professor Louis Appleby
Commissioned by The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of NHS England, DHSSPS Northern Ireland, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government, and Jersey, it comes after University of Manchester data showed 700 under 25s die by suicide in the UK per year.
The investigation will look at the role of social media and internet sites in suicides as well as suicides which appear to occur in clusters or follow a copy-cat pattern.
The first report from this national study is scheduled for release May 2016. We will post the report as soon as soon as it becomes available. More about the project: here