Suicide: facts and figures

Suicide in the UK and ROI

The Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2014 (pdf) gives details of the national suicide rates for the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland (ROI) for 2011.

The collation of suicide statistics for the UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and ROI is not routinely provided by any other organisation.

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.

Suicidal behaviour is a complex phenomenon that usually occurs along a continuum, progressing from suicidal thoughts, to planning, to attempting suicide, and finally dying by suicide.

Source: International Association for Suicide Prevention

How the 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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