Suicide Trends 2017
Referenced : The Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2018.pdf excerpt extracted from https://www.samaritans.org/about-samaritans/research-policy/suicide-facts-and-figures/#
What are the recent trends? Statistics for 2017 show: There were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland. 5,821 suicides were registered in the UK and 392 occurred in the Republic of Ireland.
In the UK men remain three times as likely to take their own lives than women, and in the Republic of Ireland four times as likely. The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49. The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was for men aged 25-34 (with an almost identical rate for men aged 45-54). There has been a significant decrease in male suicide in the UK, and the male suicide rate is the lowest in over 30 years. The suicide rate in Scotland decreased between 2016 and 2017 – this appears to be driven by a decrease in the female suicide rate. Suicide in young men in Scotland increased for the third consecutive year in 2017. The suicide rate in Northern Ireland has remained relatively stable between 2016 and 2017. There was an increase in the male suicide rate and decrease in the female rate. Suicide rates for men and women, are higher in Northern Ireland than other UK nations – however rates are not necessarily directly comparable. Suicide has continued to fall in both males and females in the Republic of Ireland. Rates in the Republic of Ireland have fluctuated more than in the UK in recent years, but it is currently at its lowest since 1989.