Samaritans policy briefs: Suicide and self-harm prevention during Coronavirus

Rates of suicide in England were at some of their highest levels of the last twenty years before the pandemic struck. There were 5,316 suicides in 2019 – 321 more than the year before.

Samaritans have published a series of short documents exploring the effects of the pandemic on three groups they are particularly concerned about: middle-aged men, people with existing mental health conditions and young people who self-harm, as well as a report on suicide and self-harm prevention during Coronavirus. You can read each of the reports which includes recommendations for future policy by clicking on the individual documents.