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United Kingdom (UK): suicide rate 2000-2018, by gender

In 2018, the rate of suicides among males was 17.2 per 100,000 population and among females it was 5.4 per 100,000. The rate of suicide has slightly decreased for both genders since the beginning of given time period of the statistic, although the 2018 rate is an increase from the preceding few years. However, the rate of suicide for men has remained significantly higher than for women.

Individuals seeking help for mental health issues

In Great Britain, almost 70 percent have never visited a mental health professional, while eighteen percent consult with one at least once a year. Additionally, almost 60 percent of those with a psychiatric condition do not take any medication to control their condition.

Mental health of young people

The prevalence of mental disorders among those under fifteen years has increased in England since 1999. Resulting in 13.1 percent of boys and 9.3 of girls suffering from a mental disorder in 2017. The incidence of mental disorders in children also increases as the income quintile of the household decreases, with 15.3 and 14.1 percent of boys and girls respectively living in the lowest income quintile diagnosed with a mental disorder.

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

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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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