10 September, 2021
There were 5,691 suicides in England and Wales in 2019, which is 321 more than 2018. The rate for females under 25 has increased by 93.8% since 2012, to its highest level in 2019. Men aged 45-49 and women aged 50-54 had the highest suicide rate in England and Wales.
There are many factors which combined can lead a person to the decision to take their own life. These can range from mental illness, traumatic stress, substance use and impulsivity, loss or fear of loss, hopelessness, chronic pain and illness, feeling like a burden to others, social isolation, cry for help or an accidental suicide.
With the long-term effects of the pandemic likely to be felt for several years, sharing ways of remaining hopeful could support anyone struggling to cope and be an important reminder that you do not have to struggle alone, help and support is always available. Spending time in nature, exercising, baking, listening to music, and drawing are just a handful of examples that can help boost people's mood.
At Forbes Solicitors we have seen an increase in the number of suicide cases where a hospital or doctor has failed to recognise the risks of suicide and manage a situation appropriately. Suicide is sometimes preventable; it is not inevitable. With the correct diagnosis and intervention from qualified professionals then suicide can sometimes be prevented. Sadly, we are acting increasingly in cases where investigations and inquests are critical of the care provided.
Equal footing should be given to managing mental health and physical health. The two often go hand in hand. Mental health is an illness. There must be increased awareness to improve the situation. Suicide prevention should be a priority considering the statistics, the pandemic, and the tragedy that follows.
Anyone can contact Samaritans, free, 24/7, 365 days a year, on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one and have concerns that more could have been done by medical professionals to prevent this contact Leonie Millard in our Clinical Negligence department. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.