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Changing Suicide Rates

Figures released by the ONS showed that the number of people in the UK committing suicide is continuing to fall and is now at its lowest level in 17 years.

The ONS said that, in 2007, there were 5,377 suicides in adults aged 15 and over, 177 fewer than in 2006 and 940 fewer than in 1991. Three-quarters of the suicides in 2007 were by men – a proportion that has remained fairly constant since 1991.

The suicide rate for men in 2007 was 16.8 per 100,000 people, while the rate for women was five per 100,000. Suicides among men reached a peak in 1998 – 21.1 per 100,000 – but the rate has since fallen. Suicide rates among women have been consistently much lower and have decreased more steadily.

In the early 1990s, the highest suicide rates for men and women were in those aged 75 and over. Rates in this group have since decreased and were among the lowest in 2007.

In recent years, the highest suicide rates in men have been in those aged 15-44, while the highest rates among women have been in the 45-74 age bracket. Suicide rates in women aged 15-44 have consistently been the lowest and fell to 4.2 per 100,000 in 2007.

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