Data from the Office for Nationals Statistics (ONS) has shown that there were 6,507 suicides registered in 2018 – an increase of 12% compared to 2017 and the highest amount recorded since 2002.
¾ of all suicides in the UK in 2018 were men, with 4,903 deaths compared to 1,604 female deaths. Self-inflicted deaths among women under 25 years old also reached the highest rate on record for their age group.
Nick Stripe, Head of Health Analysis and Life Events at the ONS, said:
"We saw a significant increase in the rate of deaths registered as suicide last year which has changed a trend of continuous decline since 2013.
While the exact reasons for this are unknown, the latest data show that this was largely driven by an increase among men who have continued to be most at risk of dying by suicide."
Earlier this year it was reported that smartphones were a catalyst behind the increase in teenage suicides rates in the USA.
Between 2010 and 2015, the number of American teens who showed typical symptoms of depression rose by 33%. At the same time, teenage suicide attempts increased 23%.
Dr Twenge, author of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy places some blame on technology. She told:
"Several longitudinal and experimental studies show screen time leads to unhappiness rather than unhappiness leading to screen time."
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