“In far too many cases, people who die are known to be at higher risk but this is not discussed with family and friends who could help. Despite our expert advice, the Government is failing to improve this situation.”
Ian added: “Before more lives are lost, the Government must make it a priority to speed up information sharing and make the difference between prevention and tragedy. People at risk of suicide must get fast access to specialised treatment.
“Nurses themselves are a high risk group, due to the strain and responsibility of their role. Sadly, this situation is being exacerbated by the pressure on the NHS and thousands of unfilled nursing jobs.
“The Government must go further and make suicide awareness training mandatory for health professionals working with high risk groups, beginning with training before registration."
The committee’s report says in too many cases those who have died by suicide were known to be at risk but the risk was poorly communicated or not discussed with those who could have intervened.