Talking Suicide – Facts & Stats
Suicide – a word no-one wants to see, speak or hear. For reasons that are obvious.
Suicide – a word that is shrouded in stigma, shame and silence.
It’s time we normalised the word. It’s time to start the conversation. And it’s certainly time to continue the conversation.
For as long as people are dying by suicide (over 700,000 per year, globally (WHO), there is work to be done and discussions to be had.
Don’t be shamed into silence as that way, the stigma continues (SOS Silence of Suicide)
The best source for England and Wales statistics is the ONS – for global figures, we refer to the latest information provided by WHO .
You can research the statistics before 2019/20 by going to the ONS site.
Main Findings 2019 (Source: ONS)
- There were 5,691 suicides registered in England and Wales in 2019, a similar rate to 2018
- Approximately 3/4 of the registered deaths in 2019 were men (4,303 deaths). This has been the trend since the 1990’s
- In recent years, death by suicide in under 25s have increased, more so amongst females aged between 10 and 24. This rate is at is highest level since 2012.
- In 2019, the suicide rate amongst males was the highest since 2000
- An increase of 5.7% in deaths (4,017) by suicide amongst men in England was recorded in 2019, compared to 2018.
Main Findings 2020 (Source: ONS)
- The data for all quarters of 2020 is currently listed by the ONS as provisional data (link at bottom of this page)
- Over the 4 quarters of 2020, a total of 4,902 suicides were recorded in England
- This indicates a suicide reduction figure since 2019; however, please note that a) these figures are provisional and b) the ONS states that any perceived reduction is likely to be because of a reduction in coroner’s inquests due to Coronavirus as opposed to a genuine decline in the number of suicides.
Read the full provision quarterly reports published by the ONS.