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Council supports suicide prevention campaign

Council supports suicide prevention campaign

Published at 2:27pm 10th September 2015. (Updated at 10:51am 11th September 2015)

An international campaign to encourage individuals and organisations to help prevent suicide is being supported by North Yorkshire County Council.

The theme of this year's World Suicide Prevention Day is 'preventing suicide: reaching out and saving lives'.

Councillor David Chance, Executive Member for Stronger Communities and Public Health, said: "Suicide devastates the lives of individuals, families and communities.

"It is a problem across the UK, as well as in North Yorkshire, where on average some 50 to 60 individuals take their lives each year.

"We all can play a part to help prevent suicides. It's important to remember that suicide is not inevitable for anyone."

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire, added: "Middle-aged men are particularly vulnerable and male suicide rates have risen most since 2008. This group are traditionally among the least likely to seek help, so that presents a challenge to services to be creative about improving access.

"The fall over the previous decade in the suicide rate among younger men has stalled, and suicide remains a leading cause of death for this group."

North Yorkshire County Council is working with City of York Council and police on a strategy to reduce the number of suicides across North Yorkshire.

A suicide prevention task group with representatives from key public, private and voluntary organisations has been set up to develop plans for preventing suicide and working with bereaved families and friends of those who do take their own lives.

People who need advice, support or help can call the helpline 03333 000 0309 to speak to a friendly, understanding and non-judgemental adviser. 

Other helplines include Samaritans on 08457 909090 and the NHS 111 service.