The government announced to launch new measures to prevent suicide. Every year almost 500 Norwegian take their lives.
On Monday, on the International World Day of Suicide Prevention, the government announced a plan to create new measures to handle suicide.
“Every suicide is a big tragedy. We must turn every stone to prevent suicide. We need to be better at seeing relationships early enough to capture the signals, and therefore this new action plan will contain measures in several areas of society,” says Åse Michaelsen (Frp) Senior and Public Health Minister.
Government emphasized finding relevant measures
The government has commissioned the Directorate of Health and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to find the proven, concrete measures. Professional, patient and family groups should also be involved in the work.
New stats indicate that many of the people attempting suicides have been either recently hospitalized or diagnosed with some decease. So, it is important to prevent suicide among patients in mental health care.
Health Minister Bent Høie (H) also emphasized that it is important that young people and children grow up in a healthy and safe environment to prevent suicide. Also, there should be a counselor to which they can go when they are struggling.
“Therefore, we have strengthened health centers and school health services and provided many more psychologists outside the municipalities. Soon there will also be packages of mental health and substance abuse that will provide better and more predictable treatment in our hospitals,” he said.
“But it’s not just in the health service we must make an effort to prevent suicide. We can all make an effort. If we fear that someone thinks about taking their lives, we must dare to ask. We must dare to care,” says Høie.