Wednesday 21st February 2018


A new plan aimed at preventing suicide and self-harm is set to be launched across north Wales.

The three-year-strategy will target priority groups including middle-aged men and vulnerable young people.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said that for every suicide, another nine people will attempt to take their own life.

A man from Wrexham, who helped put the plan together, said suicide and self-harm was “still a taboo subject”.

Richard Birch, from Brymbo, has made a number of attempts to take his own life and said suicidal thoughts left him feeling “lonely and isolated”.

The strategy, being launched in St Asaph, Denbighshire, on Wednesday, has been developed by Public Health Wales, the health board, councils, North Wales Police and other groups, including the Samaritans.

It aims to improve outcomes for people experiencing a mental health crisis and provide further training for professionals who frequently come into contact with people at risk.


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