Suicide Prevention: Policy and Strategy: (Briefing Paper Number CBP 08221)

House of Commons Library, February 2018

This briefing paper provides a statistical overview of suicide rates throughout the UK over time, using the latest data from the Office of National Statistics, which were published in September 2017. These show that in Great Britain in 2016 there were 5,668 recorded suicides which represented a slight fall since 2015 and the lowest overall number since 2010. The 2016 suicide data for Northern Ireland has not yet been published. It also  provides an overview of suicide prevention policies and strategies in the UK, as well as their various updates.  It considers the interdependent policy areas which are impacted by suicide prevention:

  • Health Services
  • Education
  • Employment and social security
  • Railways
  • Prisons
  • Media
  • The armed forces
  • Coroners conclusions

Click here to read the report.