Our Mental Health Crisis – Insight 3 of 10

3. Men are more likely to end their lives by suicide

Mental health problems prompt thousands of people to take their own lives.

In fact there are about 6,000 suicides in the UK each year and it’s the biggest killer of men up to the age of 49. Men account for three-quarters of the total figure.

The best overall measure is the number of suicides per 100,000 people. That’s because, with a rising population, the absolute figure is almost bound to go up. Since the 1980s, the trend is down.

However, women tend make more suicide attempts than men.  It is thought that there are at least ten times as many suicide attempts than completed suicides.

There’s quite a big national variation across the country, with England having the lowest suicide rate and Northern Ireland the highest. Scotland and Wales have similar rates and are in the middle.