Number of suicide fatalities on railways in Great Britain 2001-2019

The number of railway fatalities caused by suicides in Great Britain increased from 192 fatalities in 2001/02, to 271 fatalities in 2018/19. Although this is an increase over the 19 years in question, the number of fatalities recorded in 2017/18 were the second lowest at any time since 2011/12. In 2018/19 there were 311 deaths on railways, which was an increase compared to the previous three years.

Growth in major and minor injury instances

In 2018/19, there were 38 instances where suicide attempts on railways had led to major injuries. This was more than doubled compared to the year prior. That same reporting period also saw an uptick in the number of people receiving minor injuries from such attempts.

Total suicide numbers in decline

Overall, there were 6,507 recorded suicides among those aged 10 years and older in the United Kingdom in 2018.

Number of railway fatalities caused by suicide in Great Britain from 2001/02 to 2018/19

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Release date

December 2019

Region

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

2001 to 2019

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