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[Editorial] A good first step

The UK Government’s appointment of Jackie Doyle-Price to the newly created role of Minister for Suicide Prevention marks a welcome development in the approach to an area of some concern. While suicide rates have fallen heavily in the UK since the Office for National Statistics began keeping records in 1981, almost no progress has been made in suicide rate reduction during 2007–17, with the overall suicide rate rising from 10·0 deaths per 100 000 to 10·1 deaths per 100 000.

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