Suicide statistics report 2016

There were 6,581 suicides in the 
UK and Republic of Ireland in 2014.

Samaritans' vision is that fewer people die by suicide. 

Suicide statistics help us understand who is at highest risk and to look at trends over time.

Understanding suicide stats can be tricky. It's all about rates per 100,000 people, which makes comparison possible

Here's a breakdown of the suicide rates in men and women across the UK, also broken down across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In the Republic of Ireland the data is collected differently, but the picture looks similar.

In the UK and the Republic of Ireland suicide rates in men are more than three times higher than in women.

This is what suicide rates look like across the UK when broken down by age. Overall, rates are highest for men aged 45-49 and women aged 50-54.

Here's the breakdown by age in the Republic of Ireland. You can see that the rate is highest for men aged 50-54 and women aged 25-29.

Here are the suicide trends for the UK over the last 30 years.

From 2013 to 2014 in the UK suicide rates decreased by 5.6% in men but increased by 8.3% in women. 

 The female suicide rate in the UK is at its highest since 2011. 

In the Republic of Ireland from 2013 to 2014 suicide rates also decreased in men and increased in women.

But rates can be difficult to interpret. Here's what the figures look like in terms of real, human lives.

While men are still more than three times more likely to take their own lives than women, the recent rise in female suicide is concerning and could be an indication of the picture of suicide risk changing.

Here's what we're doing about it.

To reduce suicide as a society, we need to work across promotion, prevention and protection.

We are working hard to raise awareness of the issues, reduce stigma, encourage people to seek help before they reach crisis point, and ensure appropriate support and services are accessible to everyone.

Find out more and read the full report at