The ONS has released information today about the number of people who died from suicide in 2016. It is important to note that we have seen a decrease in the number of people dying by 3.4% since 2015 which is certainly significant. Despite this, the figures still show that, tragically, 5,688 people took their own lives last year. The statistics confirm that, as in recent years, 75% of those who die by suicide are male and mostly between the ages of 20-49. Suicide remains the most common cause of death for this group. 

75% of those who die by suicide are male and mostly between the ages of 20-49

Whilst we are seeing changes in the way society thinks about suicide and today's figures offer some hope, there is still a way to go before we can feel that there is clear shift in behaviour and action. Local suicide prevention strategies work on behalf of local communities to change the reality of suicide in terms of planning, training and campaigns. However, we need local agencies across sector to share knowledge and resources in a way that can make a real difference.

Local suicide prevention strategies work on behalf of local communities to change the reality of suicide in terms of planning, training and campaigns.

Real change is in our hands; if you need help or know someone who does, please contact the Samaritans who are there to talk 24/7. If you want to know more about what you could do to help, www.stopsuicidepledge.com provides lots of information and support.


More information can be found about the statistics here