Mental health statistics: suicide

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

  • In 2017, 5,821 suicides were recorded in Great Britain. 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
  • The suicide rate in Scotland rose by 8% between 2015 and 2016, with 728 suicides registered in Scotland in 2016.5

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