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Key Workers to Spot Signs of Mental Health/Suicide

Friday, November 7th, 2008 Key Workers to Spot Signs of Mental Health/Suicide

It has been established with reference to the BBC (04 11 08) That key workers such as teachers, employment advisers and police will be trained to spot signs of mental health problems as part of a plan to reduce Wales’ suicide rate.

It has also been confirmed that there is no link with the recent spate of deaths in Bridgend although some of the relatives affected have complained that too little has been done by the Welsh Assembly. The full strategy will be announced soon and is largely based on the Australian model on mental health and suicide.

Early intervention is imperative. Staff working in schools, job centres, GP surgeries and police stations will be trained on how to recognise early signs of mental health problems. The assembly government said almost three-quarters of those who commit suicide in Wales are unknown to mental health services in the year before they die.

A spokesman for the assembly government said the plan aimed to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues so those at risk can be identified at an early stage and help can be provided sooner.

“Front line staff in a wide range of workplaces working outside the mental health environment will frequently encounter people suffering from mental distress,” he said.

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