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Chesterfield tops suicide hot spots in Derbyshire

Doctor Allan Johnston pictured with Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson and player/coach Richie Humphries.

A medical expert in preventing people taking their own lives has told Peak FM North Derbyshire is the worst place in the whole of the county with Chesterfield topping the list of places people commits suicide.

The shocking statement comes as people around the world prepare to mark Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday (10th September).

Doctor Allan Johnston claims Chesterfield leads the whole of the county with the highest rate of suicides but other places like Bolsover, Killamarsh and Clay Cross aren’t far behind.

In 2014 86 people took their own lives in Derbyshire with that figure going up by as much as 87% in 2015; but the problem appears to be worse when it comes to men. Figures from the Office for National Statistics claim that 85% of suicides in the county are men.

Dr Allan Johnston claims that one thing is being blamed for the rise: “The highest rate of suicides across the whole of Derbyshire county is right here in Chesterfield with other rates being amongst the regions that surround it. We believe that a lot of it is to with the recession, unemployment, and redundancy and financial problems causing relationship problems and housing problems, all of these have a huge effect on mental health and suicide.”

Dr Johnston also claims that suicide is such a big problem that it accounts for more deaths per year than road traffic collisions and HIV aids put together.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are now setting up sessions, starting at Derby County’s match at home to Newcastle United on Saturday (10th September), to allow people to go and talk about their problems and get help before it gets worse.

Many suicides come from people not talking with the stigma of men talking about their feelings believed to be one of the major causes.

Dr Johnston continued: “We believe that men are affected by stigma, we believe that men are less likely to talk to their mates or perhaps their conversations with mates don’t talk about their feelings, don’t talk about their emotions enough.”

The organisation is now encouraging people to open up more, talk about their feelings but also for their friends and family to ask if someone is ok.

Councillor Dave Allen, from Derbyshire County Council says: “The reasons behind someone taking their life are often complex, but in many cases the death may have been prevented if the signs of distress had been recognised and appropriate support provided.”

“That’s why we’re reaching out to anyone who may be going through difficult time and letting them know that help, advice and support is out there.”

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