The latest report of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England presents an encouraging picture of the progress being made in preventing people from killing themselves. The overall suicide rate over the last three years was 8.3 deaths per 100,000 people compared to 8.5 per 100,000 in the three-year period before that. There was also a 7.5% fall in the rate of suicide among young (20-34) men. There were 145 suicides among mental-health inpatients in 2005, compared to 157 in 2004. The number of suicides among people in contact with mental-health services also fell between 2004 and 2005, from 1308 to 1277.
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