Mental health statistics: suicide

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

Page last updated: 11 September 2019

  • In the UK in 2018, there were 6,507 deaths by suicide (a rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people).1
  • Rates vary across the UK, with the highest rate in 2018 observed in Northern Ireland (18.6 deaths per 100,000), followed by Scotland (16.1 deaths per 100,000 people), then Wales (12.8 deaths per 100,000 people) and England (10.3 deaths per 100,000 people).1
  • Overall, men accounted for three-quarters of UK deaths by suicide in 2018.1

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  1. ONS. (2019). Suicides in the UK: 2018 registrations. Retrieved from: