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Wales’ ‘devastating’ suicide figures revealed

Rates in Wales are the second highest among the regions of the UK, according to official data.

Suicide rates in Wales are the second highest among the regions of the UK, official figures have revealed.

Rates among men are significantly higher than among women in Wales, according to the data from the Office of National Statistics.

The figures show that Wales is only just behind Scotland in terms of suicide rates, with a rate of 11.8 per 100,000 people, compared to Scotland’s rate of 15.

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Key trends from the Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2017

  • In 2015 there were 6,639 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK and 451 in the Republic of Ireland.
  • The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 40–44.
  • The highest suicide rate in the Republic of Ireland was for men aged 25–34 (with an almost identical rate for men aged 45–54).
  • In England and the UK, female suicide rates are at their highest in a decade. Rates have increased in the UK (by 3.8%), England (by 2%), Wales (61.8%) and Northern Ireland (18.5%) since 2014 – however increases in Wales and Northern Ireland may be explained by inconsistencies in the processes for recording suicides in these countries.
  • Female suicide rates have decreased in Scotland (by 1.4%) and the Republic of Ireland (by 13.1%) since 2014.
  • Male rates remain consistently higher than female suicide rates across the UK and Republic of Ireland – most notably 5 times higher in Republic of Ireland and around 3 times in the UK.

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