Mental Health Statistics: suicide
Suicide and self-harm are not mental health problems themselves, but they are linked with mental distress.
- In 2013, 6,188 suicides were recorded in the UK. Of these, 75% were male and 25% were female.1
- Between 2003 and 2013, 18,220 people with mental health problems took their own life in the UK.2
- Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 years in England and Wales.3
- One person in fifteen had made a suicide attempt at some point in their life.4
- 1Office for National Statistics (2016). Suicides in the United Kingdom, 2015 Registrations - ONS. [online] Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2015registrations [Accessed 10 January 2017].
- 2University of Manchester (2015). National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness: Annual Report 2015: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales July 2015. Manchester: University of Manchester
- 3Office for National Statistics (2015). Suicides in the United Kingdom, 2013 Registrations - ONS. [online] Available at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/subnational-health4/suicides-in-the-united... [Accessed 25 Aug.2015].
- 4.McManus S, Bebbington P, Jenkins R, Brugha T. (eds.) (2016) Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital. Available at http://content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB21748/apms-2014-full-rpt.pdf. [Accessed 5 October 2016]