Think about the last time you heard a politician or a pundit in the media talk about the deaths of young people, demanding action of some sort.
Often it’s murders that catch the attention. Perhaps gangs. Perhaps knives. Perhaps guns.
But suicide? Individual tragic cases certainly get media coverage. But think how often you hear someone demand action on knives, guns and murder. And how rarely you hear them talk about cutting suicides.
Yet as a new video [now removed] from the Office of National Statistics points out, suicide is the leading cause of death amongst 20-34 year olds in England and Wales. It is also the leading cause of death amongst 5-19 year old males (even though it is only legally recorded as a cause of death for over 10s).
But when it comes to demands for action, the ratio is more like the other way round.
Back in 2010 I wrote,
I do now wonder whether murder features too often in political speeches and suicide not nearly enough.
I fear I was right.