By Rachael Grealish
People living in deprived areas tend to have higher suicide rates than those living in the least deprived areas, the latest report by the Office for National Statistics has shown.
On World Suicide Prevention Day it’s important to raise awareness of how everyone can create a society where fewer people reach the point where they feel suicide is their only option.
However, over the past decade living in a deprived area increases suicide risk for nearly all working ages – but those aged between their late 30s and late 40s were affected most.
For this age group, suicide rates tended to be more than double in the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived, according to the ONS.
Among those it’s men between the ages of 40 and 50 have had the highest suicide rates of any age or gender.
Men of these ages, living in the most deprived areas, face even higher risk with suicide rates of up to 36.6 per 100,000 compared to 13.5 per 100,000 in the least deprived areas (figures for men aged 43 years).
Current impact of the COVID crisis on suicide rates is unknown, but the ONS figures show that there were over 700,000 fewer people on payroll during lockdown, and the most deprived local areas have been affected the most, in terms of mortality.
Along with this, almost one in five adults (19.2 percent) were likely to be experiencing some form of depression during the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2020; which is almost double the number before the pandemic (July 2019 to March 2020).
However, suicide does not need to be an option for anyone and help is ALWAYS available for anyone who needs it.
There are many ways you can get help, that is best for you, if you are struggling – if you need to talk, you can contact Samaritans on 116 123 at any time or visit the new self-help tools on the Samaritans website.
Other sources of support include Papyrus – a national charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide among young people; The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) works to prevent male suicide and offers support services for any man who is struggling or in crisis; other services and support can be found on the NHS website.