Dying from Inequality

Report (2017) by the Samaritans on Socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour

Living in poverty shouldn’t mean losing your life. Going through difficult
times, like losing your job or being in debt, shouldn’t mean not wanting
to live. But that is what’s happening in the UK and Ireland today. Suicide
is killing the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people, devastating
families and communities. This report by Samaritans, in collaboration
with leading academics, reveals why.

Since the economic recession in 2008, the UK and Ireland have
experienced economic change which has been felt across our
communities. The effect on people has been wide-ranging and
long-lasting, often well beyond the economic recovery period.
Samaritans commissioned this report to ensure a better understanding
about the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and
suicidal behaviour and what can be done.

Our vision is that fewer people die by suicide. With our free,
confidential helpline open all day, every day for anyone struggling to
cope, and our work in a whole range of different settings, including
prisons, schools, hospitals and job centres, we work hard to reach
everybody who needs us. But this isn’t enough. We won’t reduce
suicide by the provision of our services alone. We need governments
and other agencies to take action to tackle the injustice of suicide.

SamaritansEffective collaboration across central and local government and all
the local agencies which play a role will be crucial. This must include
welfare, education, housing, employment, health and finance.
Improving the lives of people from lower income groups will save
lives and untold costs for families, communities, workplaces and
the economy.

Suicide is preventable. It will take all our efforts, wherever we are, to
make sure that we reach those who are struggling to cope and most in
need of our support. While looking at the research in this area, we must
remember that, behind the figures, there are individuals who have left
behind a family and community affected by their loss. By taking action
together, we can stop people dying.

Read full report at: https://tinyurl.com/zhymgar

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