Figure 1: Age-standardised suicide rates by sex, deaths registered between 1981 and 2015
Source: Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
The National Statistics definition of suicide is given in the 'Suicide definition' section within the reference tables.
Figures are for persons aged 10 years and over.
Age-standardised suicide rates per 100,000 population, standardised to the 2013 European Standard Population. Age-standardised rates are used to allow comparison between populations which may contain different proportions of people of different ages.
Figures include deaths of non-residents.
Figures are for deaths registered, rather than deaths occurring in each calendar year. Due to the length of time it takes to complete a coroner’s inquest, it can take months or even years for a suicide to be registered. More details can be found in the registration delays section.