Numbers reveal tragic number of suicides in Windsor and Maidenhead
The numbers reveal how many Windsor and Maidenhead residents have lost their lives to suicide – as campaigners call on the government to strengthen prevention services across the county in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes as organizations come together to raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on September 10 each year.
Data from the Office for National Statistics shows 33 people were recorded as having died by suicide in Windsor and Maidenhead between 2018 and 2020 – the latest data available.
This means that the suicide rate in the region was 8.5 per 100,000 people during the period.
That was in line with between 2017 and 2019, and lower than the rate in England and Wales of 10.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
Separate figures show the number of recorded suicide deaths in the two countries fell 8.2%, from 5,691 in 2019 to 5,224 in 2020 – although the ONS has warned that the decrease may have been caused by several factors, including a delay in registrations during the pandemic.
The Samaritans urge the government to consider the “strong link” between economic deprivation and suicide in its post-pandemic economic stimulus plans.
Jacqui Morrissey, Deputy Director of Research and Influence at Samaritans, said: “Any life lost to suicide is a tragedy and we know that the aftermath of the past 18 extraordinary months will continue to impact people’s lives. in the years to come.
“Funding should be made available in the next expenditure review for targeted investments in local areas to develop and provide practical support services to prevent suicide among groups most at risk, especially men in the area. ‘middle age. ”
Brian Dow, deputy managing director of the Rethink Mental Illness charity and co-chair of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, said the pandemic has led to an increase in risk factors for suicide, including debt, housing instability and access to care.
He said: “Reform and investment in health, social care and our benefit system, which provide vital support to so many people, are essential.”
The Local Government Association said suicide prevention is a public health priority and that each council has a suicide prevention plan in place.
David Fothergill, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Council, said: “The councils are already working closely with schools, rail operators, businesses, hospitals and the police to prevent suicide and help people. affected.
“The upcoming spending review provides an opportunity to help further strengthen local action to reduce and prevent suicide as we seek to rebuild better after the pandemic and level the country. ”
The government has pledged to invest £ 57million by 2023-24 to support local suicide prevention plans and establish suicide bereavement services.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Affairs said its mental health recovery action plan targets those most affected by the pandemic.
She added: “The past 18 months have been exceptionally difficult, and we are committed to doing all we can to reduce suicides and support people’s mental well-being.”
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