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Men more likely to take their own lives in Cornwall

Men more likely to take their own lives in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 8:34am 3rd June 2019. (Updated at 4:17pm 3rd June 2019)

Figures reveal that men are significantly more likely than women to take their own lives in Cornwall.

Mental health charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably, said stereotypes about masculinity, which lead men to bottle up their emotions, are linked to high suicide rates.

Public Health England data shows that there were 157 cases of suicide among men in Cornwall between 2015 and 2017, the latest period for which data is available.

Recently, a Cornwall Council meeting was told an average of more than one person a week takes their own life in the Duchy.

What do the figures show?

Between 2015 and 2017, there were 157 cases of suicide among men in Cornwall.

This makes the male suicide rate for the area around 22.3 in every 100,000 men, compared to about 7.3 in every 100,000 women.

It means men in Cornwall were over three times more likely to take their own lives during the three-year time period.

The gap is also higher than it was from 2010-12, when the male suicide rate was around 19 in every 100,000 and about seven in every 100,000 for women.

Discussions about male mental health have become increasingly prominent in recent years, with high-profile figures such as Prince William speaking on the issue.

Across England, there were almost 47,000 male suicides from 2015-17, compared to just under 2,000 female suicides.

You can see the full figures for Cornwall and the UK here.

Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said suicide remained the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, with an average of 84 men taking their own lives in every week.

"As a society we often conflate strength and stoicism – our research has told us that 84% of men bottle up their emotions – and this can be incredibly damaging.

"There is still a stigma surrounding male mental health and suicide, but we’re moving in the right direction.

"More people than ever are contacting CALM and accessing our services and, following our call to the Government last year, the UK’s first Minister for Suicide Prevention was appointed. The wheels are in motion but there’s a long way to go".

Simon Gunning

"Every suicide is a tragedy - it's important that those at higher risk, including middle-aged men experiencing problems, receive the right support.

"We have worked with local authorities to ensure every area has a local suicide prevention plan and are leading work nationally to prevent poor mental health, reduce suicide rates and improve the quality of life for people living with mental illness".

Gregor Henderson, Public Health England

Where can I go to get help?

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A special "How are you really feeling?" leaflet has also been produced and more than 20,000 have been distributed with another 10,000 about to be sent out.

The leaflet again encourages people to speak about their mental health and also ask about the wellbeing of others as well as providing links and contacts to support services.

Cornwall Council's 'How Are You Really Feeling?' website has a load of advice if you are struggling.

'Man Down - Supporting Men's Mental Health' is another group which offers support: Read more.

You can also call the Samaritans for confidential advice and support on 116 123: Read more on their website.

CALM can be contacted nationwide on 0800 58 58 58: Read more on their website.

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