World Suicide Prevention Day: 10th September

Every year organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.
Each year has a different theme and focus, to bring to light a specific aspect of suicide prevention.
This year the theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide.” It has been chosen as it highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention- collaboration.
The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people take their own life each year, that’s one person every 40 seconds.

North Yorkshire

Statistics show that, at some point in their lives, one in four people will experience mental health issues. In North Yorkshire, that’s around 150,000 people, more than the populations of Harrogate and Scarborough combined.
Between 2015 and 2018 in North Yorkshire the highest number of suicides were among men aged 40-59 (40%) and this reflects the national picture.

The average age of all those who have taken their life by suicide is age 50. The average age is slightly lower for males (49) and females is slightly higher (53).

The number of suicides vary by district with Scarborough district witnessing the highest number of suicides between 2015 and 2018 (45) in comparison to Richmondshire district with the least. This highlights the impact deprivation can have as Scarborough is one of the most deprived areas in North Yorkshire.

Useful contacts

You can talk to the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Telephone 116123 or see the Samaritans website.

Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

The Cruse Bereavement Care York & North Yorkshire line is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers who can offer a listening ear and emotional support to anyone who has been affected by a bereavement, call 01904 481162.

North Yorkshire County Council have a confidential and anonymous service which provides a listening ear, emotional support, signposting and referral into other services for individuals and the carers of people experiencing mental distress. Call 0800 561 0076 Monday – Thursday 5pm – 8:30am and Friday from 4:30pm.