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Feb 19 2015

Male suicide highest for 10 years

Bleak news today that more men are taking their own lives that at any time in last decade. There’s been a 4% rise to 6,233 suicides a year – equating to 19 deaths by suicide for every 100,000 men in 2013 (compared to 15.6 deaths per 100,000 in 1981 to 10.6 per 100,000 in 2007). 78% of all suicides are amongst men and the most vulnerable age group are men aged between 45 and 59, however, the rates have been increasing in all age groups except in the under thirties. It’s critical that more is done to encourage men to seek help early. The full ONS report can be read here.