The Office for National Statistics recently published a report on suicides in the UK for 2018. The report includes data on registered suicidal deaths analysed by sex, age, area of residence and suicide method.
Key findings from the report include the following:
- In 2018, 6507 suicides were recorded in the UK, providing an age-standardised rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population. This rate was substantially higher than that in the previous year and has increased for the first time since 2013.
- Males accounted for three-quarters of suicidal deaths (4903 deaths) in 2018, consistent with the trend since the mid-1990s.
- In 2018, the suicide rate was 17.2 deaths per 100,000 in males and 5.4 deaths per 100,000 in females.
- The highest age-specific suicide rates for both males (27.1 deaths per 100,000 males) and females (9.2 deaths per 100,000 females) were seen in the age group 45-49 years.
- Scotland had the highest rates of suicide (16.1 deaths per 100,000 population), followed by Wales (12.8 per 100,000 population) and England (10.3 deaths per 100,000 population). The statistics for Northern Ireland were still awaited.
- There has been an increase in the suicide rates among individuals aged
- Hanging was the most common method of committing suicide, accounting for 59.4 per cent cases in males and 45 per cent cases in females.