By Emily Pearce
Sunday, March 31, 2013
CALLS have been made for a 'suicide audit’ to be carried out to tackle the Isle of Wight’s high suicide rate.
The Island has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, with an average of 16 people committing suicide each year, according to figures published by the Isle of Wight Council and NHS.
Cllr Chris Welsford called for a suicide audit to be included in the Island’s health and wellbeing strategy, a document outlining plans for improving the health of Islanders over the next three years, which was approved by the council last week.
However, Cllr Roger Mazillius said the strategy already included the provision of mental health services.
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by Martin Heath
5th April 2013, at 12:55:57
If things get any worse over here we'll be able to create a few jobs as suicide watchers. Not that mental health issues should be taken lightly of course.
by den may
3rd April 2013, at 02:33:50
well what do you expect when you ring for help from the mats team because your feeling suicidal and your told to buy a wii fit luckily i have a family that knows what to look out for because with that advice it could have been 17 that year
by sylvia richardson
1st April 2013, at 10:34:45
well done lee majors got it in one , why on earth did they get rid of whitecroft instead of modernising it and yes the people that do need help have a tiny unit at st marys when theres more people here needing help , and all your other points are very true , yes we cant even get off for a night out now cos we cant get back home !!! plus everywheres closing down or boarded up waiting to be demolished all very depressing . oh well think on we have a heatwave coming next month and maybe just maybe a few visitors to the island
by Lee Majors
31st March 2013, at 18:50:44
Maybe try opening Whitecroft back up again, keep the suicidal people in there nice and secure, oh, wait, someone converted it in to houses and flats so they cant. Ah well, what these suicidal people need is a job, money, be able to travel cheaply to the mainland, enjoy life, good weather, fun, etc, but sadly the island does not do any of this any more. Not many full time jobs around. Wages are pretty grim all round. Ferry prices for a day out to the mainland are horrendous so can not get a cheap break to get your head together. Yes, I can see why we have a high rate.
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