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Suicide

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides there were in the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex, (c) region and (d) ethnic origin. (181129)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 January 2008:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many suicides there were in the UK in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex, (c) region and (d) ethnic origin. (181129)

The tables attached provide the number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death, by (a) age and (b) sex in the UK, and (c) Government Office Region in England, for 2002 to 2006 (the latest year available). Figures on deaths by ethnic group are not available, as ethnicity is not recorded at death registration.

Table 1: Number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death. United Kingdom1,2,3, by five-year age-group, 2002-064

Deaths (persons)

Age group

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

15-19

214

182

206

190

178

20-24

412

436

394

390

365

25-29

588

474

453

423

424

30-34

695

672

609

593

525

35-39

719

721

752

691

671

40-44

624

649

673

677

668

45-49

534

536

576

602

593

50-54

492

483

509

499

515

55-59

418

421

438

443

481

60-64

264

281

280

317

346

65-69

245

214

259

226

222

70-74

197

202

196

180

169

75-79

158

194

192

138

153

80-84

131

141

164

159

129

85+

137

126

153

143

118

Total

5,828

5,732

5,854

5,671

5,557

1 Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34, excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner’s verdict was pending) for England and Wales, and codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34 for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

2 Suicide and undetermined intent deaths have not been included for children under the age of 15 years.

3 Figures for the UK include data provided by the Registrars General for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

4 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Table 2: Number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death, United Kingdom1,2,3, by sex, 2002-064

Deaths (persons)

Sex

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Male

4,349

4,268

4,290

4,192

4,197

Female

1,479

1,464

1,564

1,479

1,360

Total

5,828

5,732

5,854

5,671

5,557

1 Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34, excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner’s verdict was pending) for England and Wales, and codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34 for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

2 Suicide and undetermined intent deaths have not been included for children under the age of 15 years.

3 Figures for the UK include data provided by the Registrars General for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

4 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Table 3: Number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death, England, by Government Office Region1,2,3, 2002-064

Deaths (persons)

Region

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

North East

239

272

295

242

228

North West

640

637

637

677

636

Yorkshire and the Humber

454

423

472

482

403

East Midlands

362

374

386

367

358

West Midlands

466

466

454

425

411

East of England

466

450

452

448

424

London

630

659

627

620

588

South East

723

697

702

694

669

South West

452

452

489

453

460

Total

4,432

4,430

4,514

4,408

4,177

1 Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34, excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner’s verdict was pending).

2 Suicide and undetermined intent deaths have not been included for children under the age of 15 years.

3 Based on boundaries as of 2007.

4 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.