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Suicide is a devastating event and continues to be a major public health issue. In England, a person dies every two hours as a result of suicide. There is no single approach to suicide prevention. It requires co-ordination and contributions from public services and organisations, academic researchers, voluntary groups, the private sector and individuals.

Over the last 10 years, progress has been made in reducing the already relatively low suicide rate in England to record low levels (2007 was the lowest rate on record).    However, there were still nearly 4,400 suicides in England in 2009, the latest year for which national data are available.    The past couple of years have seen a slight increase in suicide rates, but the 2007-09 rate is still no higher than the level in 2005-07.

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