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Release: Suicides in the United Kingdom, 2011

Released: 22 January 2013


Vanessa Fearn

Life Events and Population Sources

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455341

Categories: Health and Social Care, Health of the Population, Causes of Death, Suicides and Intentional Self-harm, Population, Deaths, Mortality Rates, Suicide Rates

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • In 2011 there were 6,045 suicides in people aged 15 and over in the UK, an increase of 437 compared with 2010.

  • The UK suicide rate increased significantly between 2010 and 2011, from 11.1 to 11.8  deaths per 100,000 population.

  • There were 4,552 male suicides in 2011 (a rate of 18.2 suicides per 100,000 population) and 1,493 female suicides (5.6 per 100,000 population).

  • The highest suicide rate was seen in males aged 30 to 44 (23.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011).

  • The suicide rate in males aged 45 to 59 increased significantly between 2007 and 2011 (22.2 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011).

  • Female suicide rates were highest in 45 to 59-year-olds in 2011 (7.3 deaths per 100,000 population).

About this bulletin

This bulletin presents the latest suicide statistics for the UK, England (including figures for regions) and Wales. New figures are presented for 2011 with a back series of data covering 1981 to 2010 to allow comparison. The potential impact of the use of narrative verdicts by coroners on suicide rates at regional level in England, and in Wales, is also presented. A brief discussion of registration delays in relation to suicide statistics is also included.

Additional information

Information about the underlying mortality data, including details on how the data is collected and coded, data quality and legislation are available in the Mortality metadata and Quality and Methodology Information for Mortality Statistics in England and Wales.

Additional statistics showing suicides in England and Wales occurring between 2001 and 2010, compared with suicides registered between 2001 and 2010, were published as an ad-hoc request on 21/02/2013.

Further ONS releases based on death registrations

Mortality Statistics: Deaths registered in England and Wales (Series DR) is an annual publication containing a range of detailed reference tables, including the number of deaths broken down by cause of death, sex and five-year age group. 

The 20th Century Mortality Files are a record of mortality in England and Wales from 1901 to 2000 while the 21st Century Mortality Files are a record of mortality in England and Wales from 2001 onwards.

Injury and Poisoning mortality, England and Wales presents annual data on deaths from injury and poisoning in England and Wales using a matrix of mechanism by intent developed by the International Collaborative Effort (ICE) on injury statistics.

Deaths related to drug poisoning presents the latest figures on drug-related deaths in England and Wales. Figures are presented by cause of death, sex, age and substance(s) involved in the death.

UK data

For mortality data for other UK countries please see statistics on deaths in Scotland and statistics on deaths in Northern Ireland.


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