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 http://iowsuicideprevention.eventbrite.co.uk or call 01983 822099 ext 5660.

A questionnaire is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/preventsuicide

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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