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Suicide Leading Cause of Death in Men aged 20 – 49 in England & Wales

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Today, the ONS’s latest Statistical Bulletin on suicide indicated a rise in suicide in older men, and showing that more men aged under 50 in England and Wales die from suicide than from road deaths, coronary heart disease, accidental poisoning or diseases of the liver.

Male suicide continues to account for the bulk of all suicides in the UK, with rates more than three times higher than female suicide rates, at 18.2 deaths compared with 5.2 female deaths per 100,000 population.  The highest rate of suicide was seen in men aged 40 to 44 years of age.

Jane Powell, Chief Exec of CALM responded:

“With suicide as the leading death of men aged under 50 in the UK, now more than ever we need to understand why gender is such a significant indicator of suicide in men of every age in the UK.”

In an attempt to understand why men in particular take their lives CALM announced 2014 as Year of the Male, a year-long examination of what it means to be a man in modern Britain, see or join the discussion on YOTM’s tumblr site, Malestrom

Read full ONS report here:

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