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.

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