UK Female Suicide Rate Highest in Decade

UK Female Suicide Rate Highest in Decade

The number of women killing themselves in the UK has hit its highest level for the second time in a decade, while the male suicide rate has fallen, according to new official statistics. The rise in female suicide drove the overall number of such deaths to rise slightly from 6,122 in 2014 to 6,188 in 2015. Women aged between 45 and 59 had the highest suicide rate for the 13th year. Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said, “The emerging trend could have to do with an ever increasing sandwich of pressures on women,” reported independent.co.uk. “Women are now caring for children and elderly relatives, they have high pressure at work, relationship strain and money pressures. Suicide is quite possibly the biggest public health issue of our time because of the impact it has on families, workplaces and entire communities.”


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