United Kingdom (UK): Suicide rate 2000-2018

In the United Kingdom, the definition of suicide is a death with an underlying cause of intentional self-harm or an injury or poisoning with undetermined intent. In 2018, the suicide rate in the UK was 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population, the highest rate of suicide in the UK since 2000. Overall, the highest suicide rate was in the year 2000, when the rate was almost twelve deaths per 100,000.

Vulnerable groups

The suicide rate among men in the UK in 2018 was more than three times higher than for women, the figures being 17.2 per 100,000 population for men compared to 5.4 for women. Additionally, the age group with the highest rate of suicide was for those aged 45 to 49 years at 18.1 deaths per 100,000.

Mental health in the UK

Over 49.5 thousand people in England were detained under the Mental Health Act in the period 2017/18. Alongside this, there has been an increase in the number of workers in Great Britain suffering from stress, depression or anxiety. Resulting in almost 600 thousand workers reporting to be suffering from these work-related issues in 2017/18.

Suicide rate in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2000 to 2018*

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Age group

10 years and older

Supplementary notes

* In the United Kingdom, suicide is defined as deaths given an underlying cause of intentional self-harm or injury/poisoning of undetermined intent.
In 2016 the definition of suicide has been modified to include deaths from intentional self-harm in 10-14 year old children in addition to deaths from intentional self-harm and events of undetermined intent in people aged 15 and over. Data from previous years has been revised to reflect this change.

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