Suicide

Ian Tyes made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Office for National Statistics

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Please confirm the number of actual or suspected suicide deaths in each of the last 3 years broken down by age, gender, nationality and family background of the deceased (single, separated, married, father etc).

Yours faithfully,

Ian Tyes

Nicola Shearman, Office for National Statistics

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Our Reference: FOI00840/Tyes/QE1

Dear Ian,

In response to your request for 'the number of actual or suspected suicide
deaths in each of the last 3 years broken down by age, gender, nationality
and family background of the deceased (single, separated, married, father,
etc.)', the attached table provides the number of suicides by sex, age
group and marital status for 2005 to 2007 (the latest year available).
Nationality and parental status of the deceased are not recorded on death
certificates, so these data are not available.

(See attached file: Suicides by sex, age group and marital status,
2005-2007.xls)

The ONS definition of suicides includes deaths given an underlying cause of
intentional self-harm or injury/poisoning of undetermined intent. In
England and Wales, it has been customary to assume that most injuries and
poisonings of undetermined intent are cases where the harm was
self-inflicted but there was insufficient evidence to prove that the
deceased deliberately intended to kill themselves.

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Group, Office for National Statistics, Drummond Gate, London, SW1V 2QQ.

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Yours Sincerely

Nicola Shearman
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Ian,
Thank you for asking questions on this subject.
Have you checked Health Service Guidelines (HSG) as issued by the Department of Health ...in particular HSG(94)27.

Worth checking what DH intention of guideline is and if public bodies interpretation matches the intention. Often a case of perception and reality!

As ever
Dee