UK suicide rate reaches highest level since 2002

A total of 6,507 suicides in 2018

Adam Saville
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Men account for three quarters of suicides in Britain last year and middle-aged men at most risk

There were a total of 6,507 suicides recorded in the UK last year - 11.2 per 100,000 people - meaning that the suicide rate in Britain is at its highest level since 2002, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has reported. The 11.8% rise in suicide rate was in part driven by an increase in young people - aged 10 to 24 - killing themselves, with the overall rate for that age group reaching a 19-year high. Men accounted for three-quarters of the number of people who took their own life in 2018, while the rate for young females under age of 25 has reached an all-time high. The ONS sugg...

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