Brighton and Hove has seen a rise in suicide deaths

A RISE in suicides has prompted fresh calls from a charity to tackle the causes and stem the rise.

The number had risen from 36 cases the previous year, and charity Rethink Mental Illness said more needs to be done to address “risk factors”.

“The rise in suicide rates across England and Wales underscores the need to address the many risk factors that lead to suicide, including debt, financial stress and housing instability, all of which are being exacerbated by the cost of living crisis,” it said.

And Samaritans said the numbers were “further worrying evidence that not enough is being done to bring down our high suicide rates.”

But the Department of Health and Social Care claims it is using large amounts of money to tackle the problem.

“We are prioritizing the mental health of children and young people with the existing Suicide Prevention Strategy and investing £57m in Suicide Prevention through the NHS to support local plans and develop suicide grief services across the country,” said a spokesman.

“Every suicide is a tragedy and our condolences go out to the family and friends of those affected.”

The calls to action come ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.

It is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization and has been held every year since 2003.

People from all over the world come together to raise awareness of the topic.

This year’s theme is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’ and aims to instill confidence and hope in those struggling with their mental health. Brighton and Hove has seen a rise in suicide deaths

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