Soaring Lincoln suicide rates linked to deprivation

There is a clear link between deprivation and soaring suicide rates in Lincoln, a review will demonstrate to a city council committee this week.

Anecdotally, the city has been referred to as having the worst rate in the region and one of the worst in the country.

The city council’s Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee will review a report on the latest data and suicide risks on August 30.

Suicide rates in Lincoln have increased from 12.6 per 100,000 in 2011-13 to 13.2 per 100,000 in 2012-14.

Lincoln has continued to have a higher rate than the national average:

Suicide rates in Lincoln have continued to be above the national average for several years.

Suicide rates in Lincoln have continued to be above the national average for several years.

And when compared with nearest neighbours, Lincoln has the fourth highest rate:

Lincoln has the fourth highest rate compared with its nearest neighbours.

Lincoln has the fourth highest rate compared with its nearest neighbours.

The majority of deaths classed as suicide or undetermined injury in Lincolnshire have been amongst those aged 30-54.

More male deaths were reported than female, and other risk factors such as mental health issues were also outlined, as addressed in the Suicide Prevention Lincolnshire Local Action Plan 2016.

People from deprived areas of Lincolnshire are flagged as being at higher risk of poor mental health, and health officers have underlined homelessness, unemployment, substance misuse and minority groups as high risk factors.

Suicide has been linked to high levels of deprivation. 3-year pooled data, crude rate per 100,000 population, calendar years 2011-2013. Source: HSCIC Primary Care Mortality Database.

Suicide has been linked to high levels of deprivation. 3-year pooled data, crude rate per 100,000 population, calendar years 2011-2013. Source: HSCIC Primary Care Mortality Database.

The report written by Assistant Director for Health and Environment Simon Colburn stated: “There appears to be a link between death by suicide and deprivation. Within Lincolnshire, suicide rates are higher in the most deprived quintile of deprivation.”

A Suicide Prevention Lincolnshire Local Action Plan has been laid out by Lincolnshire County Council with the aim of preventing and reducing the number of suicides in the county.