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Suicide rate in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018, by age

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, the age group with the highest rate of suicide was for those aged 45 to 49 years at 18.1 deaths per 100,000. The age groups 40 to 44 and 50 to 54 years had the joint-second highest highest rate of suicides in the UK.

Gender difference in suicides in the UK

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. Although among both genders the suicide rate has generally decreased since 2000.

Mental health in the UK

Over 20 thousand people in England were detained under the Mental Health Act in the period 2018/19. Alongside this, there has also been an increase in the number of workers in Great Britain suffering from stress, depression or anxiety. Resulting in almost 602 thousand workers reporting to be suffering from these work-related issues in 2018/19.

Suicide rate in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, by age group

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Age group

15 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 15 years and over.
Age-standardized suicide rates per 100,000 population, standardized to the 1976 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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