Statistical update on suicide: January 2014

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
17 January 2014
Mental health services, Health Services
Social welfare
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In September 2012, a statistical document presenting key statistics and relevant information was published alongside ‘Preventing suicide in England: a cross-government outcomes strategy to save lives’. This document provides an update with latest available information. Key information includes:

There were 4,524 suicides recorded in 2012, similar to the 2011 figure of 4,518. In the past decade, the overall trend has been a decrease in the suicide rate but with a small rise in the last 4 years. The three-year average rate for 2010-12 was 8.0 suicides per 100,000 general population, 17% lower than in 1998-2000. The three-year average rate for 2010-12 for males and females was 12.4 and 3.7 per 100,000 population, respectively. The rates are similar to the three-year average rates for 2009-11 and 2008-10. The majority of suicides continue to occur in adult males, accounting for approximately three quarters of all suicides (77%).

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