RCPsych Wales comment on suicide rates increase in Wales


Figures released today (27 June) by the Office of National Statistics shows death by suicide has increased and is more prevalent in males.  

In 2017 there was 13.2 deaths per 100,000 – significantly higher than the rest of the UK which stood at 10.1 deaths per 100,000.

And Wales is comparable to the trend in Scotland – 13.9 deaths per 100,000 when it comes to suicide.

The suicide rate for males has seen an increase from 2008 to 2010, 16.1 deaths per 100,000 men to the latest period of 20.6 deaths per 100,000 men in 2015-2017.

For females, the rate of suicide has remained relatively stable since the mid-1990s with 5.1 deaths per 100,000 females in 2015 to 2017.  

The statistics also show males aged 25 to 44 years have had the highest age-specific suicide rate since the early 1990s.

Professor Keith Lloyd, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales, said: “Suicide among men has been rising in Wales since 2008. The causes are many and linked to deprivation and exclusion as well as to mental health problems and substance misuse.  

“If we are going to change this, we need to combat stigma against help seeking for mental health issues and ensure that the social and health care services needed to support people are properly funded and easily accessible to all”