Suicide Facts and Figures

Research is always a good thing …. time to face the truth.

This is UK based as I am in the UK. If anyone has any other figures I would be interested to know.

Key facts from 2018:
• There were 6,859 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
• 6,507 suicides were registered in the UK and 352
occurred in the Republic of Ireland.
• The suicide rate in Scotland is the highest in the UK – where
men aged 35-44 have the highest suicide rate.
• The highest suicide rate in the UK, and England, is among men aged 45-49.
• The highest suicide rate in Wales is among men aged 40-44.
• The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland is among men aged 55-64.

These figures were taken from Samaritans.org. They are available 24 hours a day if you want help, and all phone calls are free and confidential.

From any phone call 116 123.

They are the only service that I know that does not … I mean honestly the only service that does not call the Police or the Ambulance unless you ask them to. I personally have spoken to other crisis services who track your number and then call the emergency services. I have also personally been on the phone to them whilst taking tablets to end my life.

  • It is worrying to see a significant increase in suicide in the UK, for both men and women.
  • In the UK, suicide rates increased in women aged 45-49 years.
  • The male suicide rate has increased 11% between 2017 and 2018.
  • The female suicide rate has increased by 10.2% between 2017 and 2018

More from the Samaritans can be found at https://www.samaritans.org/about-samaritans/research-policy/suicide-facts-and-figures/ where you can download a pdf with all the statistics.

It’s not as rare as you think!

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