A NEW suicide prevention strategy will be launched by City of York Council after figures revealed the number of deaths by suicide has risen in the city over the past six years.

A council report said the peak was 76 deaths in the three year period to June 2016 and an audit of 60 people who died by suicide found that nearly 2,250 years of life had been lost.

The local authority’s key priorities include reducing rates of self harm, tailored mental health support and reducing suicide in high risk groups.

Cllr Carol Runciman, executive member for health and adult social care, said: “Every life lost to suicide is a tragic loss of life that, with the right help and support, can be prevented. Too many people are deeply affected by the loss of a loved one, friend or colleague through suicide. This is why this strategy is so important as it sets out how as a city we can work together to prevent suicides.

“We have made progress in the two years since the suicide audit. However, we can do more and this strategy sets out how we can all work together and make a significant difference.”

If you are feeling suicidal call Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123 for confidential, non-judgmental support.