Overall, national suicide rates remain high and some of the highest are in the North of England. The devastating impact of suicide to the individual, their family and friends, colleagues and wider community is immeasurable.

Suicide is known to be a higher risk in some groups of people, and it is the leading cause of death in males age 20-49 years. Self-harm is a known risk factor for suicide and is particularly high in younger age groups and women.

The impact of suicide on individuals and communities is significant and there is an increased risk of suicide in families of people who die by suicide.

Guided by national policy and based on evidence of how best to prevent suicide and promote wellbeing and resilience, the aim of the North East and North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network is to work together to take action to reduce suicide, so that fewer people die by suicide and we improve support for those affected.