No progress made as North West remains second-highest in the UK for suicides

The Liberal Democrats have warned that not enough progress is being made on tackling the suicide crisis after new figures placed the North West second-highest for the second year running.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) place the North West as the second-highest for suicide deaths in the country with 494 people taking their own lives in the first three quarters of 2019.

This is nearly 13% of the UK's total suicide rate and another increase from 2018.

The Liberal Democrats have warned that the numbers shine a spotlight on the nation's broken mental health system which has been ignored by the Government and its obsession to deliver a damaging Brexit.

Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for the North John Leech said:

"Mental health must be taken seriously if we are to tackle the suicide crisis in the North. But while the Government is fixated with pushing their hard Brexit message, crises like this go ignored, and real families in the North are left to pick up the shattered pieces.

"The Liberal Democrats have a clear plan to push back against this crisis, and we're honest about how we'll pay for it. We will add one penny on the pound in income tax to finally put an end to devastating statistics like this.

"We will publish a National Wellbeing Strategy, with a specific minister whose responsibility is to put better health and wellbeing for everyone at the heart of government. We will fix the damage done to our NHS by investing £11 billion into our vital and underfunded mental health services and make sure patients are never turned away.

“Only the Liberal Democrats will stop Boris, stop Brexit, and build a brighter future for the North."

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