In 2018, more than 6,800 people died of suicide in the UK and Republic of Ireland – each life lost an individual tragedy.
Deaths by suicide increased by 10.9 per cent in 2018 in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Men aged 45 to 49 have the highest suicide rate, but the rate for women aged under 25 has risen by 93.8 per cent since 2012, and in Scotland the rate of suicides among young people aged 15 to 24 is the highest it has been since 2007.
We know that suicide is preventable, it’s not inevitable. But not being okay is still widely stigmatised. And governments can still make better, more ambitious plans to prevent suicide.