- The worldwide suicide rate is 15 in 100,000 people - in the EU is is 17.5; in England it is 10; in both Northern Ireland and Wales it is 11; and in Scotland it is 20.
- Suicide is the most common cause of death in men under 35.
- Men are three times more likely to kill themselves than women. This surprises some - despite or because of the fact that women are more likely to seek treatment for depression (29% compared to 17%).
- Britain has the highest rate of self-harm in Europe - 400 per 100,000 people. People who self-harm are at a much increased risk of death by suicide.
All these stats come from the Mental Health Foundation report Fundamental Facts.
In the UK, the Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings. They can be contacted by telephone, email, letter and face to face. If you need to, talk to them.