Suicide deaths in England

  • Office for National Statistics

  • curated by Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Medical News
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New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there were 1240 suicide deaths in England in Quarter 1 (Jan-Mar) 2019, equating to a rate of 10.3 per 100,000 people. This increased to 1271 deaths and a rate of 10.4 per 100,000 in Quarter 2 (Apr to June).

The figures compare to 1143 deaths (9.5 per 100,000) in Quarter 1 2018 and 1252 (10.3 per 100,000) in Quarter 2 last year. Final figures from the ONS show there were 5021 suicide deaths in England over the course of 2018.

Among males, there were 15.7 suicide deaths per 100,000 males in Quarter 1 2019 (933 deaths) and 16.2 deaths per 100,000 in Quarter 2 (977 deaths). Rates observed for males were generally consistent with those observed last year, when a significant increase in the overall rate for 2018 was observed.

For females, there were 5.0 suicide deaths per 100,000 females in Quarter 1 2019 (307 deaths) and 4.7 deaths per 100,000 in Quarter 2 (294 deaths). Rates for females in the first half of 2019 were similar to those seen in recent years.

In the first six months of 2019, 98 suicide deaths were recorded in children aged 18 years and younger, including five involving children aged 10-14 years.

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