People, population and community
Office for National Statistics (ONS) bulletin on the number of suicides registered in the UK. This shows that there has been a general downward trend since 1981.
There were 5,821 suicides registered in the UK, an age-standardised rate of 10.1 deaths per 100,000 population.
The male suicide rate of 15.5 deaths per 100,000 for the UK was the lowest since our time-series began in 1981.
The rate for female suicides continues to be consistent with the rate over the past ten years, at 4.9 deaths per 100,000 in the UK.
Three quarters of suicides registered in 2017 (4,382) were for males. This male/female ratio has been the case since the mid 1990s.
Men aged 45-49 continue to be the age group with the highest suicide rate, with 24.8 deaths per 100,000 in this age group.
Among women, the age group with the highest suicide rate was 50 to 54 year olds, with at 6.8 deaths per 100,000.
Scotland had the highest suicide rate in Great Britain, with a slight decrease to 13.9 deaths per 100,000 persons. Rates for England fell slightly to 9.2 deaths per 100,000, the lowest in Great Britain. There was an increase for Wales to 13.2 deaths per 100,000 (from 11.8 for 2016).
Within England, the North East region has the highest suicide rates and London the lowest.