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Suicide rate in Cornwall one of the highest in UK

Suicide rate in Cornwall one of the highest in UK

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:22am 14th September 2019. (Updated at 7:48am 14th September 2019)

Figures have revealed that a rising number of people in Cornwall are taking their own lives.

It reflects the nationwide trend where the number of suicides climbed to its highest for three decades in 2018, driven by a significant rise in the male suicide rate.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 67 suicides were recorded in Cornwall in 2018 - up from 64 the year before.

The suicide rate, which is measured across a three-year period, was 14.3 per 100,000 people in the area.

That is above the rate across the south-west of 11.1 and higher than the 11.2 average for the UK.

Cornwall Council has recently produced support leaflets after revealing more than one person a week is taking their own life in Cornwall.

Scroll down to read more about the advice cards and find out where to go for help and support.

Figures show 67 people took their own lives in Cornwall last year and the suicide rate in the Duchy is higher than the national average

Across the UK, 6,507 suicides were registered last year, 12% more than in 2017.

Of them, three-quarters were men, at a rate of 17.2 per 100,000, which the ONS said represented a "significant increase from the rate in 2017".

It added that the exact reasons for the rise are unknown, but changes made in the last year to the way coroners record such deaths may be a factor.

In July 2018 the standard of proof used by coroners to determine whether a death was a suicide was lowered.

"It is extremely worrying that, for the first time in five years, the suicide rate in the UK has increased, with 686 more deaths than in 2017.

"There has also been a significant increase in the suicide rate in young men since 2017. Significantly, more men aged 45-49 took their own lives also, and middle-aged men remain the group at greatest risk of suicide overall".

Samaritans Chief Executive, Ruth Sutherland

The figures show the highest rate of suicide across the UK by age in 2018 was among 45 to 49-year-olds, a rate of 27.1 deaths per 100,000 males.

"We saw a significant increase in the rate of deaths registered as suicide last year, which has changed a trend of continuous decline since 2013.

"While the exact reasons for this are unknown, the latest data show that this was largely driven by an increase among men who have continued to be most at risk of dying by suicide.

"Looking at the overall trend since the early '80s, we are still witnessing a gradual decline in the rate of suicide for the population as a whole.

"We will continue to monitor the recent increase, to help inform decision-makers and others that are working to protect vulnerable people at risk".

Nick Stripe, ONS

The figures cover all deaths from intentional self-harm for people over the age of 10 and deaths where the intent was undetermined for those aged over 15: Check the full set of figures here.

Where can I go to get help?

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

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