Today saw the 17th young person in the last year to commit suicide in the small town of Bridgend, Mid Wales. The media has been awash with stories of internet pacts and the like, for which there is little or no evidence. The number of suicides of people aged 15-24 in the UK is 6.7 per 100,000. Bridgend is a town of 40,000 souls. Digging in Nationmaster shows that the teenage population should be in the region of 6%, say 2,500. This gives a suicide rate of 680 per 100,000. Pretty high.
In New Zealand, amongst other countries, the reporting of suicides in newspaper headlines is banned, and restricted within the body of the story. There were moves recently to stop this. However, the reasons for the ban are apparent in Bridgend. Teenagers are the most likely suicides, girls more so, in winter even more so. Most do not act without some other stimulus, currently being provided in inch high headlines and on every TV channel.
it’s been pointed out that the population here should have been 160,000, Bridgend Country, not the town, making the current suicide rate 170 per 100,000.