New report shows suicide rate for the town has gone down

THE suicide rate in Boston has fallen according to a new report.

The Lincolnshire Suicide and Self Harm report by NHS Lincolnshire was created to identify areas for improvement.

The report, which registered 59 suicides in Lincolnshire in 2008, states Boston’s suicide rate had fallen from 8.88 per 100,000 between 2005-07 to 7.71 between 2006-08.

Colin Warren, planning and health outcomes manager for NHS Lincolnshire, said: “We are now working to have a better picture of where suicide occurs to identify if there are any hotspots in Lincolnshire.”

The report places Boston fifth out of the seven districts in Lincolnshire.

Two districts showed an increase in rates: Lincoln (from 11.41-13.33) and North Kesteven (from 7.77-8.03).

The rest of the districts all decreased. East Lindsey and Lincoln remained the districts with the highest rates in the county.

The report noted men were more likely than women to commit suicide, however it noted there had been an ‘encouraging and sustained fall among men’.

l Information: visit: www.lincolnshire.nhs.uk.