Action call over rise in suicides

A mental health charity has called for action after a rise in the number of suicides.

By Patrick Jack
Thursday, 26th May 2022, 1:48 pm
Suicide action call.
Suicide action call.

Ministry of Justice figures show Gateshead and South Tyneside coroners completed 253 inquests into deaths last year 2021, with 16 concluding in a suicide verdict – up from 11 in 2020.

Nationally, coroners reached 4,820 suicide conclusions last year – up from 4,475 in 2020 and the highest level since records began in 1995.

Men accounted for 75% of suicide last year at 3,596 and up from 3,417 in 2020.

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There was a 16% annual increase in suicide conclusions for women.

The Gateshead and South Tyneside Coroners Court reached 14 verdicts of suicide for men in 2021 – up from 10 the year before – and two verdicts of suicide for women – up from one in 2020.

Mental health charity Mind said a significant proportion of people who take their own lives have been in touch with mental health services.

Paul Spencer, head of health policy and campaigns at Mind, said the Government's upcoming 10-year mental health plan must include action on suicide prevention.

He added: "The plan must set out how different Government departments will work with other agencies to identify and tackle the many factors that can contribute to poor mental health and suicide, including problems with employment, finances, accessing benefits and housing.”

The Department of Health and Social Care said it is investing £2.3bn a year into expanding and transforming mental health services by 2023-24.

A spokeswoman added: “We are investing £57m in suicide prevention through the NHS Long-Term Plan.”

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