More men over 45 killing themselves

Twelve men kill themselves every day in the UK according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which reveal that men are committing suicide at a rate of one death every 2 hours.

Men continue to be three times more likely to commit suicide than women but a new new trend is emerging according to the charity The Men’s Health Forum with men aged 45 to 74 the new high risk group.

Suicide rates tend to be highest among young men aged 15–44 and this age group remains a cause for concern with the suicide rate for this group peaking at 18.6 per 100,000 in 2008.

The new cause for concern is older men where the rate continues to rise. Since 2007, rates for men aged 45–74 have been increasing and in 2010 they experienced the highest suicide rate at 17.7 per 100,000.

For further analysis of male suicide rates see The Men’s Health Forum website here.

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Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at www.helpingmen.co.uk.

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2 comments on “More men over 45 killing themselves
  1. […] men over 45 are committing suicide in the UK: Twelve men kill themselves every day in the UK according to figures from the Office of […]

  2. This news is a tragedy for any so-called civilized society. I firmly believe that if the figures were reversed and the statistics showed women were at risk of committing suicide more would be done…..

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