Shock rise in East Lancashire suicide rates

NEW figures showed an increase in the ‘suicide rate’ of mental health patients in Lancashire over the last eight years.

And it is feared the on-going financial crisis could be to blame.

There was a three-fold increase in the number of patients committing suicide from 2004 to 2012, but this was set against a huge rise in referrals to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust [LCFT].

In 2004, there were 28 patients who killed themselves, while, or within 12 months of receiving treatment from the trust, which increased steadily over the next eight years, reaching 79 in 2012.

The number of ‘open referrals’ doubled in the same period, to 88,000, meaning the suicide rate increased from 0.06 per cent to 0.09 per cent.

There was a large jump in suicides between 2011 and 2012, from 54 to 79, which mirrored a national trend which has been attributed to the effects of the financial crisis.

The figures were obtained by the Lancashire Telegraph through Freedom of Information laws.

Professor Max Marshall, medical director at LCFT, said: “It is extremely tragic when a person takes their own life, one suicide is one too many and at the trust we are committed to trying to prevent suicides as far as possible.

“Sadly, in some cases this isn’t always possible. Some of the people we see are very unwell with complex problems and unpredictable patterns of behaviour.

“We also care for people in environments were suicide can be more prevalent such as prisons and secure services.

“The number of suicides has increased nationally over the last three or four years. There is evidence to suggest that this is due to the on-going financial crisis.”

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9:23pm Fri 17 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

There's nothing wrong with their mental health; they just want out of this madness. They're sane as hell.
There's nothing wrong with their mental health; they just want out of this madness. They're sane as hell. happycyclist

9:43pm Fri 17 Jan 14

frank says...

more therapists rather than over working the existing ones half to death would go a long way to helping people with mental health problems.
problems that are very real and very frightening, not just to those suffering but to their families as well.
government policy doesn't help, they have a lot to answer for.
more therapists rather than over working the existing ones half to death would go a long way to helping people with mental health problems. problems that are very real and very frightening, not just to those suffering but to their families as well. government policy doesn't help, they have a lot to answer for. frank

12:12am Sat 18 Jan 14

Graham Hartley says...

Is it easier to lie with statistics than without them?

What is the proven connection between suicide and government policy?
Is it easier to lie with statistics than without them? What is the proven connection between suicide and government policy? Graham Hartley

9:21am Sat 18 Jan 14

frank says...

proof or not they're not helping. ask almost anyone who's had to fill in the form to claim incapacity/ esa. a form which claims to assess ability to work but has nothing in it relating to mental health and how it affects ability to work. I know several who have been pushed to suicide and much deeper into depression as a result.
a lot more understanding at this level would help those with mental health issues.
waiting lists are climbing, around 30 weeks not because the therapists are doing nothing but because they're aren't enough of them.
imaging going to hospital and told to come back in 30 weeks she you've just broken a bone?
proof or not they're not helping. ask almost anyone who's had to fill in the form to claim incapacity/ esa. a form which claims to assess ability to work but has nothing in it relating to mental health and how it affects ability to work. I know several who have been pushed to suicide and much deeper into depression as a result. a lot more understanding at this level would help those with mental health issues. waiting lists are climbing, around 30 weeks not because the therapists are doing nothing but because they're aren't enough of them. imaging going to hospital and told to come back in 30 weeks she you've just broken a bone? frank

9:23am Sat 18 Jan 14

frank says...

Apologies for the errors, predictive text and me not double checking! !!!
Apologies for the errors, predictive text and me not double checking! !!! frank

10:27am Sat 18 Jan 14

pdb951 says...

Not surprised this place makes me sick. Suicide is just a step further on the ladder due to this depressing place
Not surprised this place makes me sick. Suicide is just a step further on the ladder due to this depressing place pdb951

4:46pm Sat 18 Jan 14

flip'n eck says...

Samaritans mission, vision and values

The Vision
Samaritans Vision is that fewer people die by suicide

The Mission
We work to achieve this Vision by making it our Mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour.

We do this by:
Being available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide

Reaching out to high risk groups and communities to reduce the risk of suicide

Working in partnership with other organisations, agencies and experts to achieve our Vision

Influencing public policy and raising awareness of the challenges of reducing suicide

The Values
We are committed to the following Values:
Listening, because exploring feelings alleviates distress and helps people to reach a better understanding of their situation and the options open to them

Confidentiality, because if people feel safe, they are more likely to be open about their feelings

People making their own decisions wherever possible, because we believe that people have the right to find their own solution and telling people what to do takes responsibility away from them

Being non-judgemental, because we want people to be able to talk to us without fear of prejudice or rejection

Human contact, because giving people time, undivided attention and empathy meets a fundamental emotional need and reduces distress and despair

If there's something troubling you, then get in touch.
We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on 08457 90 90 90 or 01254 662424 (call charges apply)
Visit us at 105 New Park St Blackburn (variable opening times)
Email jo@samaritans.org
Website www.samaritans.org
Samaritans mission, vision and values The Vision Samaritans Vision is that fewer people die by suicide The Mission We work to achieve this Vision by making it our Mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour. We do this by: Being available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide Reaching out to high risk groups and communities to reduce the risk of suicide Working in partnership with other organisations, agencies and experts to achieve our Vision Influencing public policy and raising awareness of the challenges of reducing suicide The Values We are committed to the following Values: Listening, because exploring feelings alleviates distress and helps people to reach a better understanding of their situation and the options open to them Confidentiality, because if people feel safe, they are more likely to be open about their feelings People making their own decisions wherever possible, because we believe that people have the right to find their own solution and telling people what to do takes responsibility away from them Being non-judgemental, because we want people to be able to talk to us without fear of prejudice or rejection Human contact, because giving people time, undivided attention and empathy meets a fundamental emotional need and reduces distress and despair If there's something troubling you, then get in touch. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on 08457 90 90 90 or 01254 662424 (call charges apply) Visit us at 105 New Park St Blackburn (variable opening times) Email jo@samaritans.org Website www.samaritans.org flip'n eck

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