Suicide: facts and figures

We are the only organisation to collate suicide statistics for the UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and ROI.

We do this to make it easier to interpret and understand the official figures provided by national statistical agencies.


Suicide in the UK and ROI

You can read Samaritans' Suicide Statistics Report 2015 which give details of the national suicide rates for the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland (ROI).

There is also additional information about how to understand and interpret suicide statistics, because it’s not always as straight forward as looking at the actual numbers.

Suicide is complex. It usually occurs gradually, progressing from suicidal thoughts, to planning, to attempting suicide and finally dying by suicide.

Source: International Association for Suicide Prevention

How Samaritans' Suicide Statistics Report is created

To produce the report, we collate the figures from all of the national statistical agencies, who we work closely with to help us understand and compare the rates between the nations.

The report also gives details about how the recording, definitions and calculations of rates differ within the UK nations and ROI. It does not provide explanations for the trends in suicide rates within or between nations.

It also provides important information about how to appropriately use suicide statistics and what some of the challenges with them are.

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