Suicidal thoughts: statistics

This content mentions suicide or suicidal thoughts and self-harm. Please read with care. There are details of where to find help at the bottom of this page.

Suicide and self-harm are not mental health problems but are linked with mental distress.

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.


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If you feel like ending your life or are unable to keep yourself safe, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress. If you feel affected by the content you have read, please see our get help page for support.

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