Suidcide rates rise by nearly a quarter
PUBLISHED: 12:57 25 September 2011 | UPDATED: 09:23 26 September 2011
SUICIDES in the South West have increased by nearly a quarter in two years according to figures released this week.
A report commissioned by the South West Public Health Observatory revealed there had been a rise from 417 suicides in 2007 to 515 in 2009.
Around three-quarters of suicides were committed by men and a large proportion of them were aged 35-44 or more than 85.
It is the first time a rise has been recorded since the publication of a new strategy nine years ago designed to tackle the problem.