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United Kingdom (UK): Suicide figures 2000-2018

In the United Kingdom (UK), 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, there were approximately 6.5 thousand suicides in the UK, the highest amount of suicides in the provided time interval.

Vulnerable groups

The suicide rate among men in the UK in 2018 was over 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

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. Additionally, eleven percent of the British population consult with a mental health professional at least twice a year.

Suicide figures for 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.
Figures are for persons aged 10 years and over.
Age-standardized suicide rates per 100,000 population, standardized to the 2013 European Standard Population. Age-standardized rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.
Deaths of non-residents are included in figures for the UK.
Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

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