Men’s suicide figures highest in 14 years

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Men’s suicide figures highest in 14 years

New figures show that in every 100,000 male deaths in 2013, 19 took their own lives.

These new figures published release by the Office of National Statistics shows that suicides by men and women over 15-years-old commiting suicide has gone up by 4 per cent.

The ONS report states that 78 per cent of all suicides were in men. Saying, “since 2007, the female rate stayed relatively constant while the male rate increased significantly.” 

The report also made suggestions as to why three has be a rise, “the recent recession in the UK could be an influencing factor in the increase in suicides" and that "areas with greater rises in unemployment had also experienced higher rises in male suicides".

Joe Ferns, from the Samaritans told the BBC: “The news is sadly not surprising to us given the context of a challenging economic environment and the social impact that brings.
"We need to see a greater focus at local and regional levels on the co-ordination and prioritisation of suicide prevention activity especially in areas with high socio-economic deprivation."

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