DISCLAIMER: This post contains a discussion of suicide which some readers may find distressing.
The Samaritans published their suicide statistics and trends report for the UK and Republic of Ireland and it makes for shocking reading.
However these figures may be even higher than first anticipated. In the video above the Samaritans explain how to understand these suicide statistics we must make sure that the reporting is accurate, however this is not the case and some deaths by suicide are misclassified as it is difficult to identify the cause of death.
Stigma is also the reason of deaths by suicide verdicts are less likely to be given particularly if there are cultural or religious taboos around suicide.
Here are the key facts from 2018:
There were 6,859 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
6,507 suicides were registered in the UK and 352 occurred in the Republic of Ireland.
The suicide rate in Scotland is the highest in the UK – where men aged 35-44 have the highest suicide rate.
The highest suicide rate in the UK, and England, is among men aged 45-49.
The highest suicide rate in Wales is among men aged 40-44.
The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland is among men aged 55-64.
Here are the key trends from 2018:
There has been a significant increase in suicide in the UK, the first time since 2013 – this appears to be driven by an increase in the male suicide rate.
In the UK, suicide rates among young people have been increasing in recent years. The suicide rate for young females is now at its highest rate on record.
In the UK men remain three times more likely to take their own lives than women, and in the Republic of Ireland four times more likely.
Suicide has continued to fall in both males and females in the Republic of Ireland.
It is encouraging to see that the suicide rate in Republic of Ireland is falling, however the fact that the suicide rate for young females is the highest on record is heartbreaking to read.
To read the full report click here.