Statistical update on suicide: January 2014

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
17 January 2014
Subject(s)
Mental health services, Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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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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