Suicide statistics report

Latest data for the UK
and Republic of Ireland

There were 6,213 suicides in the
UK and Republic of Ireland in 2017

Looking at the number of suicides can be misleading.

Rates per 100,000 people
are used to adjust for
underlying population size.



There has been a significant decrease in the male suicide rate in the UK.

The male suicide rate is the lowest in over 30 years

Male and female suicide rates have decreased Male and female suicide rates have decreased

But men remain three times as likely to take their own lives than women.

Samaritans' vision is that fewer people die by suicide.

Suicide is not inevitable; it is preventable.

The causes of suicide are complex, but we know it is both a gender and an inequality issue.

Behind every statistic is an individual, a family and a community devastated by their loss.

To prevent suicide, we need to know how many people die by suicide, when, and where, so we know who is at risk.

Understanding suicide data can help us to better target services and prevent suicides.

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Latest statistics and breakdowns for the UK and Republic of Ireland