Deaths due to suicide and injury of undetermined intent are a significant cause of death in young adults and are seen as an indicator of underlying mental ill-health.  A number of risk factors for suicide are now recognised, including gender, age, mental illness, physical illness, previous suicidal tendencies, drug and alcohol misuse, and a range of lifestyle factors known to increase personal stress levels.

The  Joint Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Suicide Prevention Strategy 2014-2017 (1.26 MB)(Edit) supports the national suicide prevention strategy – ‘Preventing suicide in England, Dept. of Health 2012’. The key purpose of the strategy is to ensure that there is co-ordinated and integrated multi-agency agreement on the delivery of suicide prevention services that is tailored appropriately to local need and is driven by the involvement and feedback from service users. Six priority areas for suicide prevention in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with recommendations for actions are set out in the strategy with an accompanying Three Year Action Plan (367.09 KB)(Edit).

An  Audit of Suicides and Deaths From Undetermined Intent in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in 2014 (763.68 KB)(Edit) contributes to the local programme of work on suicide prevention.  The use of Coroner data facilitates the understanding of local trends.

Also on Cambridgeshire Insight:

Rates of death due to suicide and injury of undetermined intent are included in indicator 4.10 of the national Public Health Outcomes Framework.  These data are included at county and district level for Cambridgeshire in the Cambridgeshire JSNA Public Health Atlas.