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In the UK in 2020, 6248 people took their own lives: 5224 in England and Wales, 805 in Scotland and 219 in Northern Ireland.
Men and women aged 45 to 49 have the highest suicide rates in England and Wales.
Suicidal thoughts: A-Z Topic
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