999 Suicide-Related Calls In Leeds Up 222% In 5 Years

Emergency services in Leeds received nearly 13,000 calls referencing suicide since 2014.

By Alex and Tyler, Leeds · June 3, 2020

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999 calls in Leeds which mention suicide are up 222% since 2014.

Data from West Yorkshire Police shows that calls with ‘SUICID’ in the log text have risen from 1,332 in 2014/15 to 4,286 in 2018/19.

SUICID may have referred to the words suicide or suicidal.

1,826 calls referring to SUICID were recorded in 2015/16, followed by 2,354 in 2016/17. There were a further 3,066 in 2017/18.

In total, there were 12,829 incidents recorded over five years in Leeds which included SUICID in the log text.

The data was sourced via a Freedom of Information request submitted by the media literacy charity The Student View.

West Yorkshire Police declined to comment on these findings.

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