Northeast England records more self-inflicted deaths than any other region.
The number of suicides recorded in England have risen to a record high after surging by a quarter in two years, new figures reveal.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 1,413 self-inflicted deaths were recorded in the last three months of 2019, compared with 1,130 in the same period of 2017 – a 25 per cent increase.
The rate of suicide in the last quarter of 2019 hit a 19-year high, at 11.4 deaths per 100,00 people, according to the figures.
Nearly three quarters (74 per cent) of deaths were among males, with the most common age group affected being those aged between 50 and 54.
Regionally, the northeast of England was recorded as having the most suicides, at 12.8 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 8.4 in London and 8.5 in the northwest.
In July 2018, the standard of proof used by coroners in England and Wales to determine whether a death was caused by suicide was lowered, which the ONS cautioned would result in an increased number of deaths recorded as suicide, possibly creating a discontinuity in the time series.