Mental Health Statistics: Suicide

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It's estimated that around one million people will die by suicide worldwide each year.

  • Suicide remains the most common cause of death in men under the age of 35 (Five Years On, Department Of Health, 2005).

  • More than 5700 people in the UK died by suicide in 2010 (Samaritans Information Resource Pack, 2012).

  • British men are three times as likely as British women to die by suicide (Samaritans Information Resource Pack, 2004).

  • The suicide rate among people over 65 has fallen by 24% in recent years, but is still high compared to the population overall. (Samaritans Information Resource Pack, 2004).

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