Figure 1. Age-standardised suicide rates: by sex, 1981 to 2011
Source: Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
The National Statistics definition of suicide is given below under 'Suicide definition'
Figures are for persons aged 15 years and over
Rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the European Standard Population
Comparisons between suicide rates for 2002 to 2010, and 2011 should be treated with caution, as rates across the two time periods are not directly comparable due to the planned revisions to population estimates. More details can be found in the section ‘Population estimate revisions and their impact on suicide statistics for 2002 to 2011’ in the statistical bulletin
Deaths of non-residents are included in figures for the UK
Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year