Better mental health

London’s suicide rates – a tale of inner and outer London

28 November 2016

Work to prevent suicide in the capital is mainly carried out by local councils, but some local authorities in London do not have a suicide prevention plan in place.

Nearly every inner London borough has a higher suicide rate than the London average. Haringey has the highest suicide rate at 11.1 per 100,000 of the population.[2]

Overall London’s suicide rate is below the average rate for England, but there are significant variations across London, in particular between inner and outer London.[3]

Should we have a pan-London approach to prevent suicide in the capital and what role should the Mayor play in this?

The London Assembly Health Committee will discuss suicide in London, how suicide prevention work is co-ordinated and whether or not London should aspire to be a ‘zero suicide city’ like Detroit in the U.S.

The guests are:

  • Amanda Coyle, Assistant Director, Health and Communities, Greater London Authority
  • Paul Plant, Deputy Director, Public Health England (London)
  • Professor David Mosse, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of London              
  • Jane Powell, Chief Executive, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
  • Joel Beckman, General Manager, CALM
  • Tamara Djuretic, Association of Directors of Public Health (London)

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 29 November at 10:00am in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the discussion using #AssemblyHealth and #PreventSuicide.


Notes to editors

  1. Full agenda papers
  2. Office for National Statistics
  3. Map of variation in suicide rates across London boroughs below.
  4. Dr Onkar Sahota AM, Chair of the Health Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.
  5. London Assembly Health Committee.
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor


For media enquiries, please contact Lisa Lam on 020 7983 4067.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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