9 May, 2022 @ 15:30
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Spain launches nationwide suicide prevention hotline as mental health worries surge

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SPAIN’S Health Ministry has launched a nationwide suicide prevention line offering free, anonymous and confidential help to those in the depths of despair.

The dedicated line, 024, becomes operational on Monday May 9 and will be manned by workers at the Spanish Red Cross.

It is part of a €100 million plan by Spain’s government to provide improved mental health services and was announced last December in the Official State Gazetter  (BOE).

Recent data from Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE) revealed that suicide is one of the ten main causes of death in Spain.

The association Ayuda a Niños y Niñas y Adolescentes en Riesgo warned that it received 20 times more calls for suicide behaviours on its hotline in the last decade.

Last April, a group of experts in the Senate called on the Spanish government to take action against suicide with a reported 11 people killing themselves each day in Spain, while a further 220 attempt suicide.

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Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa Mena was born and bred in Madrid before moving to the UK to study. After an undergraduate degree in Manchester, he completed an MA in International Journalism at City. He has worked in radio and for Spain’s Efe news agency before joining the Olive Press in March 2022. Contact: [email protected]

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