To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made since 2016 on the target of a 10% reduction in suicides by 2020-21.
The Government is committed to meeting the target in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health to reduce suicides in England by 10% by 2020/21. In 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data on suicide registrations for 2015, which showed that there were 4,820 suicides in England and the suicide rate was 10.1 per 100,000 of the population.
This month the ONS published data on suicide registrations for 2017, which showed there were 4,451 suicides in England and the suicide rate was 9.2 per 100,000 of the population. This is a decrease in the number of suicides between 2015 and 2017 of 7.7% and shows good progress against meeting the target of a 10% reduction.