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Suicide Statistics

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides there were of (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 16, (ii) between 16 and 18 and (iii) between 18 and 21 years in each of the past five years. [120586]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Hendry, dated 23 June 2003:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question the number of suicides for (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 16, (ii) between 16 and 18 and (iii) between 18 and 21 years in each of the past five years. (120586)
The most recent available data are for deaths occurring in the calendar year 2001. Figures for each year from 1997 to 2001 are given in the attached table.

Number of deaths from intentional self harm

1

and injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted

2

, by sex and age. England and Wales, 1997 to 2001

3

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

Injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted9167506172
Total233193176178186

(b) Females

(i) 13–15

Intentional self harm33222
Injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted31444
Total64666

(ii) 16–17

Intentional self harm971093
Injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted99866
Total181618159

(iii) 18–21

Intentional self harm2831233813
Injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted1520191719
Total4351425536

1 The cause of death for intentional self harm was defined using the International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 for the years 1997 to 2000, and, for the year 2001, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84.

2 The cause of death for injury undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E980-E989 excluding E988.8 for the years 1997 to 2000, and, for the year 2001, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10 codes Y10-Y34 excluding Y33.9 where the Coroner's verdict was pending. It is assumed likely that most of these deaths at ages over 13 are cases where the harm is self-inflicted but there was insufficient evidence to prove that the deceased deliberately intended to kill themselves. As there were no intentional self harm deaths on children under the age of 13, data for undetermined whether accidentally or purposely inflicted have not been included.

3 Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year from 1997 to 2001.