Suicide rates by age, sex and region. Also includes suicide methods.

Publications

Data

  • Suicides in the UK

    Number of suicides and suicide rates, by sex and age, in the UK, registered from 1981 to 2017. Information on the impact of narrative conclusions on suicide rates is provided, along with the proportion of suicides by method and the median registration delay.

  • Suicide occurrences, England and Wales

    Number of suicides and suicide rates, by sex and age, for England and Wales occurring from 1981 to 2016.

  • Suicides in England and Wales by local authority

    Number of suicides, suicide rates and median registration delays, by local authority in England and Wales, registered from 2002 to 2017.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Pre-release access list for UK suicides registered in 2015

The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.

Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.

Access granted to Organisation Period
Assistant Statistician Department of Health 24 hrs
Deputy Director Mental Health Policy Department of Health 24 hrs
PS of State for Public Health and Innovation PS(PHI) Department of Health 24 hrs
Press Officer Department of Health 24 hrs
Private Secretary to PS(PHI) Department of Health 24 hrs
Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Health Department of Health 24 hrs
Secretary of State for Health Department of Health 24 hrs
Senior Press Officer Department of Health 24 hrs
Statistician Department of Health 24 hrs
Suicide Prevention Policy Department of Health 24 hrs
Chief Medical Officer Welsh Government 24 hrs
Policy Officer Welsh Government 24 hrs
Minister for Social Services and Public Health Welsh Government 24 hrs
Statistician Welsh Government 24 hrs
Briefing Official Public Health England 24 hrs