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Scarborough Has Joint Highest Suicide Rate In North Yorkshire


Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:05am 26th September 2018. (Updated at 7:17am 27th September 2018)

Scarborough Borough has the joint highest rate of suicide in North Yorkshire. 

Along with Craven, Scarborough borough has a suicide rate of 11.5 deaths per 100,000 people.

Men aged 40-49 were the most at risk in North Yorkshire as a whole. Between 2017/18, 26 people took their own lives in the borough, 20 of which were residents at the time. 

Today (Wednesday 26 September) a Scarborough and Whitby Area Committee will hear the current activities in place that are aimed at reducing suicides in the borough. 

The report states that between 2015-2018, 45 people took their own lives in the borough and this "highlights the impact deprivation can have as Scarborough is one of the most deprived areas in North Yorkshire."

In 2017, the borough was identified as having the worst average salary in the whole of the UK according to the Social Market Foundation. 

It stated Scarborough Borough had an average salary of £19,925,  £8,500 less than the national average. 

A report by accountancy firm Moore Stephens named the borough a 'bankruptcy hotspot' that same year. 

Between 2015-2018, across the county as a whole, the biggest contributory factors to suicide were identified as:

  • diagnosed mental health (28.4%)
  • undiagnosed mental health (12.6%)
  • long term ill health (7.9%)
  • financial problems (7.4%)
  • acute ill health (6.3%)

Richard Webb is Director of Health and Adult Services at North Yorkshire County Council, he said:

"There is quite a lot of good material online now. So organisations like CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) Zero Suicide Alliance, Samaritans and Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby MIND, all of those can provide advice and support.

If you're concerned about a friend or family member, take them out for a pint, sit them down, go to a football match, do what you do with them and actually just check how they are, it can be something as simple as that. 

Suicide impacts people at every angle in terms of very affluent, successful people take that decision, as well as people who are having a really tough time economically.

Stuff around relationships, loss and bereavement hits anyone regardless of their wealth, so it is a real cross-section of society." 

Listen to more of what Richard had to say here:


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