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suicide attempts among benefit claimants has surfaced. But the media is silent. 05 Dec 2017 08:36 #5221

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A ‘shocking’ report on suicide attempts among benefit claimants has surfaced. But the media is silent.

DECEMBER 3RD, 2017 Sam Woolfe

In September 2016, the NHS published statistics on the mental health of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. Shockingly, figures showed that nearly half (43.2%) of claimants had attempted suicide at some point in their life. Disability News Service recently highlighted the figures. But it says the mainstream media still isn’t reporting them.

“A population in need of great support”

The NHS report revealed that the suicide attempt rate was higher for female ESA claimants (47.1%). Also, it showed that two-thirds (66%) of claimants had experienced suicidal thoughts in their lifetime. The report’s authors said that disabled people claiming ESA are “a population in great need of support”.

Consultant clinical psychologist Jay Watts, who brought these ‘shocking‘ statistics to light, pointed out:

The government have committed to a ‘zero suicide’ approach yet, even though this population has pretty much the highest rates of suicide out there, the government is acting in a way to make things worse, despite the testimony of claimants, disabled activist groups, health professionals and even the United Nations.

More Here;
www.thecanary.co/uk/2017/12/03/a-shocking-report-on-suicide-attempts-among-benefit-claimants-has-surfaced-but-the-media-is-silent/
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