Our 10-year plan Standing Up To Suicide – The Reclaim Life Project
The Shaw Mind Foundation is the voice and driving force behind the biggest global mental health initiative ever launched: Standing Up To Suicide – The Reclaim Life Project.
In Autumn 2017, we will be launching this new initiative which will help to significantly reduce the number of suicides in the UK and USA within the next 10 years.
In the USA, over 44,000 people die by suicide every year.
In the UK, over 6,000 people died by suicide in 2015.
These figures are alarming in themselves, yet they don’t take into account the number of deaths by suicide each year that are recorded as ‘open verdict’ and are therefore not added to annual statistics. It also doesn’t acknowledge the number of attempted suicides. (For every death by suicide there are approximately 25 attempts). Click here to see more information on suicide statistics, from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Despite contradicting recent reports stating that suicides rates are rising and others stating a fall in numbers, we strongly believe that the suicide rate is still far too high. The number of people who die by suicide each year remains unacceptable and more needs to be done to bring these numbers down.
Suicide is the ultimate consequence of mental ill-health. For every suicide and attempted suicide, there is an individual who is suffering, a family that is devastated, a work environment or school that is affected. This is a global issue that impacts all of society, and ultimately affects everybody’s wellbeing and productivity.
Every project and campaign that we implement will be part of our overarching goal, and act as the building blocks to achieve our plan to help significantly reduce the number of suicides by 2027. See our supporting projects and campaigns so far.
In conjunction with our corporate patrons, The Shaw Mind Foundation is also developing technology that will accurately collate and assess suicide data on an annual basis. These statistics will be used to measure any trends in suicides and will act as a guide for measuring our key objective.