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Suicide rates continue to rise in England and Wales

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3431 (Published 03 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3431
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has called for more research to understand why numbers of deaths by suicide in certain groups are increasing in England and Wales, after new figures showed a continuing rise last year.

Data published by the Office for National Statistics on 1 September showed that in 2019 the suicide rate among men and boys was 16.9 deaths per 100 000, the highest since 2000 and slightly above the 2018 rate of 16.2 per 100 000. The suicide rate among women and girls was 5.3 deaths per 100 000 in 2019, up from 5.0 per 100 000 in 2018 and the highest since 2004.

Overall, 5691 suicides (4303 in …

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