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Newark and Sherwood is second-worst affected district for suicides in Nottinghamshire

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The county council is planning to further target suicide rates as the number of people taking their own lives in some districts are on the rise, with Newark and Sherwood being second-worst affected.

Data given to the health and well-being board at Nottinghamshire County Council shows suicide rates in Newark and Sherwood and Bassetlaw are increasing.

Rates in Mansfield have fallen dramatically in the last ten years, along with Gedling, Ashfield and Nottinghamshire county as a whole.

Councillors were told the county’s integrated care system was successful in receiving NHS England for a three-year programme on suicide prevention.

County Hall (51983907)
County Hall (51983907)

Plans include further suicide awareness training and targeted communications for students and older adults and those at risk of self harm.

Dr Robyn Wight said: “In Nottinghamshire county, we lost 188 people to suicide in the last three years.

“Suicide has a significant, lasting and often devastating impact on individuals, friends, family and the wider community.

“The suicide rates in Nottinghamshire county as a whole have remained stable over the last ten years.

“Bassetlaw does have a higher suicide rate consistently. This is similar to neighbouring districts in South Yorkshire such as Doncaster and Rotherham.

“In response to this Bassetlaw received extra suicide prevention funding.”

Councillor Dr John Doddy, chairman of the health and well-being board, said: “Bassetlaw just jumps out at you. It shouldn’t be any worse than Ashfield and yet historically it has been.

“Rushcliffe probably doesn’t surprise you with the low numbers that are there.

“Is there anything that is specific to Bassetlaw that could be addressed that we are aware of?”

Catherine Pritchard, consultant in Public Health added: “We know people who live in deprived areas are more at risk of suicide.

“In relation to Bassetlaw, there has been a recognition nationally in response to that high rate. Bassetlaw were provided with NHS funding a number of years ago now to help do the preventative work.

“They’ve had specific projects related to men who we know are most at risk.”

The report given to councillors stated certain groups were more at risk of suicide including men, people in the care of mental health services, people in contact with the criminal justice system, and children who have experienced abuse.

People who work as doctors, nurses, veterinary workers, farmers and agricultural workers are also more at risk.

The council’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan was also refreshed and endorsed by councillors at the meeting.

“In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, the latest data demonstrates average suicide rates between 2018 and 2020 have reduced compared to the time period 2017 and 2019," said council documents.

“The average suicide rate has reduced to 8.6 from 9.1 in Nottinghamshire, and reduced to 11.5 from 12.7 in Nottingham per 100,000 population as shown in figure 1. In Nottinghamshire, the number of suicide deaths has decreased to 188 between 2018 and 2020, compared to 199 between 2017 and 2019.”

District number of suicide deaths between 2018 and 2020:

Ashfield — 24

Bassetlaw — 44

Broxtowe — 24

Gedling — 20

Mansfield —18

Newark and Sherwood — 35

Rushcliffe — 23

Nottinghamshire — 188

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