Yes, you know, these cuts, the very day they\’re announced there\’s a massive surge in attmepted suicide.
It\’s 2am, and I\’m sitting under a strip light in the emergency unit of my local hospital, waiting for the doctors to finish attending to a young friend of mine who attempted to end her life tonight. When the paramedics arrived, they told us she wasn\’t the first – for many Londoners, it seems, something about the news or the weather today gave the impression that a crisis point has been reached.
Deliberate self-harm (a useful analogy to, although not quite synonym for, attempted suicide) runs at some 350 per 100,000.
There\’s ten million ish people in London. So 35,000 such \”attempted suicides\” a year.
95 a day, each and every day.
You don\’t think that Laurie could have been using that overblown, highfalutin\’ rhetoric stuff there do you?