ONS: Suicide in England and Wales 2019 Registrations

Type: Statistical Bulletin
Published by Office of National Statistics, September 2020

This statistical bulletin was produced on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government. It was published through the Office of National Statistics and provides the reader with details regarding deaths concluded as being by suicide registered in 2019.

Key Main Points
  • In 2019, there were 5,691 suicides registered in England and Wales.
  • Around three-quarters of registered deaths in 2019 were among men (4,303 deaths).
  • The England and Wales male suicide rate is the highest since 2000 and remains in line with the rate in 2018; for females, the rate is the highest since 2004.
  • Males aged 45 to 49 years had the highest age-specific suicide rate; for females, the age group with the highest rate was 50 to 54 years.
  • Despite having a low number of deaths overall, rates among the under 25’s have generally increased in recent years this is particularly marked for 10- to 24-year-old females where the rate has increased significantly since 2012.
Links and Support

The direct source for this publication can be found at the following Web-Site Link hosted by The Office of National Statistics

If you are personally affected or concerned about anyone else, you can find support through the Waiting Room Online Directory.

You will find a range of services that can provide support including Samaritans and CALM.

Office of National Statistics – Suicide Data UK 2018

Pubisher: Office of National Statistics
Released: September 2019

This document released annually provides society with the latest information regarding suicide in the UK.

Forward For Life recognise that for many such information is difficult to engage with but we feel that it is important for individuals and communities understand the impact and breadth that suicide has across communities.

International Men’s Day – Debate Pack 2016

Released through the House of Commons Library November 2016

What is International Men’s Day?

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated in over 80 countries including the UK on 19 November.

It was inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago and has backing from UNESCO.
The UK theme for the Day in 2016 was “Making A Difference for Men and Boys”.

The theme was designed to help more people consider what action we can all take to “Make A Difference” by addressing some of the issues that affect Men and Boys such as:

  • The high male suicide rate
  • The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education including attainment
  • Men’s health, shorter life expectancy and workplace deaths
  • The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, homeless men, boys in care and the high rate of male deaths in custody)
  • Male victims of violence, including sexual violence
  • The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers
  • Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking and slavery
  • The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers

Our view at Forward For Life – Click on the image below

Local Suicide Prevention Planning in England

Publication: Samaritans (2019).

With around 4,500 lives lost to suicide every year in England (ONS 2018), preventing suicide is a challenging public health issue.

Everyday, on average, 12 people take their own lives. Meaning that everyday, scores of people have lost partners, family members, friends and work colleagues.

This report, published by Samaritans (2019), provided the first ever nationwide view of the breadth and depth of suicide prevention planning within and across local authorities in England.

Local action

There is much activity happening nationally to help prevent suicide. But, local action is critical to save lives. The most effective way to do this is through ensuring strong multi agency groups and excellent local public health leadership. This approach would ensure robust suicide prevention plans are in place that are being delivered effectively.

Signs of hope

Overall, an encouraging picture emerges from this report. Almost all local authority areas have established an action plan and multi-agency suicide prevention group.

There is a clear commitment to collaborative working at local level, made possible by strong leadership from Public Health teams and other local agencies, and there are a wide range of actions being delivered.

This work is taking place in the context of cuts to local public health budgets and cuts to provision fundamental to good suicide prevention, such as substance misuse services, and wider community services.

How to prepare and respond to suicide in schools

Publication: Help when we needed it most. Samaritans (2013)

Although a school can be affected by many challenging incidents, including sickness and accidental death, it is suicide that presents the unique risk of potentially being the trigger for another suicide.

Strategies for school-based prevention, intervention and postvention of suicidal behaviour are needed. This is because young people spend a considerable amount of their time at school. Suicide prevention demands a multi-sector approach. It can be an important issue not only within the health sector, but in non-health sectors such as the educational sector as well.


The key to coping with a crisis is to plan. It is particularly important that the school responds to a suicide within 48 hours.

This is necessary to maintain the structure and order of the school routine, while facilitating the expression of grief, and reducing the risk of imitative suicide.

Schools with crisis plans in place are best equipped to deal with a suicide when it happens. Good planning for the aftermath of suicide makes it easier for people to respond effectively at a time when resilience may be low.

A postvention protocol is an agreed approach to responding to a suicide.

  • In a school setting, this protocol should ideally:
  • be a written protocol, developed in advance of a suicide;
  • include working with the local community;
  • involve the formation and training of a postvention team – be clear about who will do what;
  • include procedures for notifying staff, parents and young people about a suicide;
  • include guidelines on how to inform the school community and handle the media;
  • identify appropriate postvention services and facilities;
  • include procedures for recognising ‘at risk’ individuals (including staff) and identifying where people would be referred;
  • include an evaluation of the effectiveness of the postvention and any follow-up protocol.
  • It is good practice that the whole school community would be aware of essential
  • information included in such planning, including who to tell, what to say and what not to say, and who is vulnerable.

Help is at hand – Support for those bereaved by suicide

Publication: Help is at hand. Support after someone may have died by suicide

When you first learn that someone has died in circumstances that may
be due to suicide, you can experience a range of emotions. You could be
feeling at a loss, and unsure about what you are thinking or doing.

People who have been bereaved by suicide have used their experiences to lead the revision of a support guide to help others affected by someone taking their own life.

Help is at Hand provides people affected by suicide with both emotional and practical support. Those bereaved by a suicide are at increased risk of mental health and emotional problems and may be at higher risk of suicide themselves, so receiving the right support is essential.

The guide is designed to be given out by bereavement support organisations and by those who are likely to be first on the scene after a suspected suicide.

Published 24 September 2015

Public Health England and The National Suicide Prevention Alliance

Birmingham Suicide Prevention Strategy 2019-2024

Publication. Birmingham UK 2019. Birmingham City Council

Foreword

Death through suicide reflects the ultimate loss of hope and leaves a significant and lasting impact on families, communities, employers and society.

The prevention of suicide requires partnership working across the breadth of society and building on the 2012 national strategy this strategy has been developed through a co-production partnership between the Council and a wide range of organisations as a shared approach to reducing deaths through suicide.

Rates in Birmingham

Although in Birmingham the rate of suicide is low compared to other cities, and the national rates, there is a shared ambition to maintain the lowest rate of suicide of any of the core cities in England and continue to reduce deaths through suicide in the City over the next decade through a Zero Suicide approach.

The Birmingham Strategy

The Birmingham Suicide Prevention Strategy is a co-produced strategy that sits alongside national strategy and is based on a combination of local and national evidence and data.

In Birmingham in addition to the nationally recognized high risk groups we also have higher rates of suicide among individuals working in skilled trade occupations like construction and among citizens born in Poland and Eastern European countries.

Key areas of priority

The Strategy sets out a series of key priority areas for action across the partnership under six core areas:

  • Reducing the risk of suicide in high-risk groups
  • Improving mental health in specific groups
  • Reducing access to means of suicide
  • Provide better information and support to those bereaved or affected by suicide
  • Support the media in delivering sensitive approaches to suicide and suicidal behaviour
  • Support research, data collection and monitoring