This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Suicide mortality rate
Suicide mortality rates in the United Kingdom
|Unit of measurement||
Rate per 100,000 population
Data on suicide concern all deaths that were assigned underlying cause of intentional self-harm (for those aged 10 years and above). We also include deaths caused by injury or poisoning of undetermined intent (for those aged 15 years and above), based on the assumption that the majority of these deaths will be suicide. This is referred to as the National Statistics definition of suicide. ICD–10–CM codes for nonfatal suicide attempts and intentional self-harm include - X71–X83
Age-standardised mortality rates (age-specific mortality rates when 5-year age group selected)
1) Figures are for deaths registered, rather than deaths occurring in each calendar year. Due to the length of time it takes to complete a coroner’s inquest, it can take months or even years for a suicide to be registered. 2) The large increase seen in Northern Ireland between 2004 and 2006 coincides with a change to the Coroners’ Service. Prior to April 2006, there were seven Coroners’ districts in Northern Ireland. Following a review of the Coroners’ Service, the separate districts were amalgamated into one centralised Coroners’ Service. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||2021-04-15: see changes on GitHub opens in a new window|
|Metadata last updated||2021-04-15: see changes on GitHub opens in a new window|