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Suicide prevention in London

Date published: 
23 February 2017

Key facts

  • Every week, an average of 14 Londoners choose to end their own lives.
  • Between 2014 and 2015, the number of suicides in London increased by 33 per cent from 552 to 735 incidents – the highest figure recorded by the ONS since records began in 2002.
  • Three quarters of people who commit suicide in London are male and suicide remains the biggest killer of working-age men.
  • Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington and Southwark all have suicide rates at least 25 per cent higher than the London average.

The London Assembly Health Committee published its findings and recommendations to the Mayor of London on how he can provide better support for suicide prevention in the capital.

Recommendations

  • London should become a ‘zero-suicide’ city (first adopted in Detroit), preventing suicide by creating an open environment for people to talk and find out where they can get help.
  • The Mayor should deliver on his manifesto commitment and take ownership of reducing suicide in London.
  • The Mayor should work with Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health to collate all suicide data in London.
  • The Mayor should look into real-time data capture to identify trends and potential clusters and look to carry out a pilot in a London borough.
  • The Mayor should support the CALM helpline to remain open, as funding is due to end later this year. 

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