UK: Suicides up 25% in two years with 74% being men

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'The number of people taking their own lives in England has jumped more than a quarter in two years according to provisional figures collated by the Office of National Statistics.

The figures, which are yet to be finalised found that the men accounted for 74 per cent of suicides with the most common age between 50 and 54.

There was also a significant regional breakdown across England with the northeast of the country having the highest number - resulting in 12.8 deaths per 100,000 people. The corresponding figure in London is 8.4 per 100,000 and 8.5 per 100,000 in the north west.

However, the proof needed for coroners to reach a determination of suicide in England and Wales was reduced in July 2018. This change could have seen a statistical increase in the number of deaths attributed to suicide which would have earlier been counted under a different classification.'

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