Suicide rate in Peterborough has decreased

Health Scrutiny Committee

Members of the Councils’ Health Scrutiny Committee have been told:

The suicide rate in Peterborough has decreased steadily since 2010-2012 when the rate was significantly above both the England and East of England rates and is now similar to the England average.

This is obviously good news, and I have no doubt that the decision to finally erect barriers on the Queensgate car park have been a factor …. It’s a real shame that they were not erected earlier!

Whilst I welcome the news, I still believe we need more support for public mental health and well-being in Peterborough.

The Conservative controlled City Council must address this and the need for services which identify and support those at risk.

They must also ensure that suicide prevention is given greater priority, so that fewer families experience the heartache of losing a family member to suicide.

For example, I would like to see the telephone number for the Samaritans advertised in locations likely to be used for suicide, such as the train station, and publicity messages adorned to the walls of underpasses and alley ways, throughout the city.

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GP Training in suicide prevention

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As a rep on the Council Health Scrutiny Committee, we’ve now been informed that funding has been secured through the Sustainable Transformation Partnerships with some support from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council for training of GPs across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in suicide prevention.

The reason? Well GPs are most likely to have contact with people at risk of suicide in many of the ‘high risk’ categories.

The 2015 audit of suicides and deaths for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough found that two thirds of people had been in touch with primary care in 2015 or within a maximum of 6 months prior to death.

The 2015 audit results for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough also showed:

  • In males the highest number of deaths was in under 25 year olds and 50-59 year olds.
  • In females the age pattern was more mixed, with highest numbers in 30-39 year olds and 70- 74 year olds.

It’s hoped that suicide prevention training for GPs can potentially enable greater identification of those at risk, and earlier referral to evidence based treatment services.

Training will focus on the patient/GP interaction, risk identification, compassion and empathy as well as safety plans and follow-through care.

The Tories have consistently failed local young people on issues of suicide and self-harm by overseeing cuts to vital mental health services.

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