Fighting to curb suicide figures

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HEALTH bosses have launched a fresh strategy in a bid to reduce the number of male suicides as figures continue to soar.

Statistics show the amount of men resorting to taking their own life has risen by almost a third in the last decade, according to the University of Manchester.

And local health chiefs have stressed that this is reflected throughout the borough.

Now, the 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have developed a new scheme in an attempt to help stop men taking their own lives.

Ian Stirton-Cook, operational business manager at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has a strong focus on preventing suicide across our footprint, including in Wigan where there have been high rates historically.

“We have developed a Suicide Reduction Strategy which aims to ensure vulnerable people in the care of mental health and social care who are at risk of suicide are supported and kept safe from preventable harm.

“The strategy will also enable us to make sure we can intervene quickly when someone is in distress or in crisis.

“National statistics show an increase in suicide rates among males and this is something we’re working with partners to take action to address.”

Nationally, the biggest increases were in men aged 45 to 54, where the number of deaths since 2006 rose by 73 per cent.

Experts have now issued an appeal to men vulnerable to suicide to stress that there are many avenues of help which can be accessed at any time.

Mr Stirton-Cook added: “It’s important to stress that suicidal feelings can happen to anyone.

“If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts you should talk a friend, family member, GP or someone you trust.

“If you need urgent help, Wigan-based self-help group The Sanctuary offers overnight support services from 8pm to 6am – call 01942 410522.

“The Trust also provides a 24-hour assessment service and the Samaritans.”