England's suicide rate at record low

England's suicide rate is at its lowest ever level, according to DoH figures.

The 2007 Annual Report of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England found that the 3-year average was 8.3 deaths per 100,000 population compared with the previous figure of 8.5.

There continues to be a sustained fall in the rate of suicides among young men aged 20-34 years, a drop of 7.5 per cent between 2003/5 and 2004/6.

Ivan Lewis, care services minister, said: ‘The overall rate of suicide among the general population continues to fall and is now at a record low.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMEH)

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