More help to prevent suicides

HEALTH bosses are pledging more support to those most at risk of suicide and their loved ones following the launch of a new suicide prevention strategy. Research conducted by NHS Derbyshire County and NHS Derby City shows that middle-aged men are now the group at highest risk of dying by suicide in Derbyshire and Derby.

A review of the number of deaths from suicide in Derbyshire and Derby in 2011 revealed that 66 people died from suicide, including 20 people from Derby City.

Half of all deaths from suicide in Derbyshire occurred in adults aged over 50 years, with a higher percentage of deaths from suicide taking place in the county in adults over 70 years.

The Department of Health launched the Preventing Suicide in England strategy last month.

Anyone needing help should speak to their GP or contact the Samaritans on 01298 26000 or at www.samaritans.org.