Appeal for help in strategy to cut high suicide rate

By Emily Pearce

Saturday, June 22, 2013


HEALTH bosses have urged vulnerable people and those who have been affected by suicide to contribute to a new suicide prevention strategy, in a bid to curb the Isle of Wight’s high suicide rate.

The strategy has been commissioned by the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for planning and buying NHS services.

It has called on Island people to share their views to inform the plan.

CCG clinical executive member and local GP, Dr Sarah Bromley, said: "We want to engage with stakeholders, organisations and individuals with experience in this area to identify what is working well on the Island, what particular issues residents face and what actions need to be taken to reduce suicide rates and better support individuals and communities bereaved or affected by suicide."

Figures published in the Island’s 2011/12 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment show the suicide rate is one of the highest in the country.

A workshop aimed at organisations and services that work with vulnerable people will be held at the Lakeside Park Hotel, Wootton, on Wednesday, June 26, from 1pm to 4.30pm. Anyone interested in attending can register at or call 01983 822099 ext 5660.

A questionnaire is available at



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by alan naylor

23rd June 2013, at 01:50:17

Theres no dought about it the main contributer to suicide is the restriction of liviving on a tiny island like the I O W easpecally for people who come to the island in their middle years with great expectaions

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by Richard Taylor

22nd June 2013, at 18:05:22

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is proven to be more effective that antidepressants alone in treating depression but the provision on the island is almost non existent. Get it organised CCG, how much are you paying for antidepressants with known poor outcomes?

Glad things are looking up for you now Den.

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by den may

22nd June 2013, at 16:22:35

the whole of the island mental health team needs a total shake up as ringing up the mats team feeling suicidal and asking for help was met by get a wii fit also the team that visits at home needs to be looked at as getting a diffrent person everyday asking the same questions is not helpful also seven acres needs a shake up saying that i have finally got a great doctor now dr yoganathan and without his help and chantry house i would have been another island suicide statistic

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by Rosie Saxcoburg

22nd June 2013, at 14:27:22

I think they are probably talking about prevention? Obviously if you swoop in when someone is in that mind-set you aren't going to achieve an awful lot, but to be honest there can be so many contributing factors you'd just have to change society as a whole... I guess it's just about providing people with the mechanism to address destructive thinking, but I think also having children learn life skills in school so the shock of reality doesn't hit so hard would be a good move!

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by Mike Crowe

22nd June 2013, at 11:30:45

David I quite agree with you on both points. The trouble is twofold. To start with 'You don't know what goes on behind closed doors' is one thing, the other being 'nobody wants to know your troubles'. Everybody has got to be a success. It's only later in life that you realize that life has its up and downs and when you are down, there is only one way to go and its when you find out who you friends are if you tell them.

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by David Kay

22nd June 2013, at 11:05:53

While I believe it would be great cut the rate - surely if a person is in the state of mind and determined to take their own life, then they will?

There is a real difference between a cry for help and meaning to commit suicide. And yes I do have experience of it in my family.

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