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Desperate need for investment in community mental health nursing

 

New figures published by the Office for National Statistics show a rise in the rates of suicides in the UK, particularly among men during 2013 - the highest rate since 2001.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Mental Health Foundation are joining forces with the family of a man who took his own life to make a joint call for early intervention and better mental health provision in the community.

Martin Strain took his own life in 2014 after experiencing severe depression over a period of several years. His family has since been calling for better access to treatment that they believe would save lives.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “The death of Martin Strain is a tragedy… Better support for people experiencing mental health problems would help to prevent suicides and enable many people to lead full and fulfilling lives with distressing but manageable conditions. Without the expert support of nurses and other staff, many people are growing increasingly desperate while waiting for care.