New Stats Show Worrying Rise in Teen Suicides

A new report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows a 15% increase in the number of teenagers taking their own lives in the last year alone, and 67% since 2010.

This week new statistics emerged finding that the number of teenage suicides in England and Wales have increased by 67% between 2010 and 2017.

The report, produced by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), was released ahead of Suicide Prevention Day, and showed that in the last year alone there was a rise of 15% in the number of under 19s taking their own lives – that’s 187 deaths, up from 162.

However, the Mental Health Foundation pointed out that the overall number of suicides had dropped for the second year in a row.

Our Policy and Government Affairs Manager, Matt Blow, said:

“The rise in the number of teenage suicides over the last few years is deeply concerning.  The causes of suicidal feelings can be complex and multiple, but we know that difficult experiences at a young age - like growing up in poverty, or dealing with bereavement or domestic violence - can have a serious impact on mental health, often several years down the line. Young people also face a wide range of pressures, including stress at school or university, problems finding work, and the pressures associated with social media.

While there is higher awareness about mental health than in the past, many young people still find it hard to reach out for help until they hit crisis point. That’s why we need to ensure that there is proper funding for services, and that schools are well equipped to promote good mental health from a young age.
Matt Blow

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