Surprisingly, Female University Students in UK Are Less Likely to Kill Themselves

3 years ago



As reported by the BBC, the UK Office of National Statistics has just revealed student suicide rates in England and Wales for the 12 months ending July 2017. According to the presented statistic, the suicide rate was 4,7 deaths per 100K students. The total number of 95 suicides for the indicated period is higher compared to the previously studied periods.

Student Suicide Rates Report: Key Takeaways

Here’s what you need to know about the student suicide statistic that has just been revealed:

  1. University students in both England and Wales had lower suicide rates in comparison with the general population of the same age. The data was received from the studies held for the 12 months ending July 2013 and the 12 months ending July 2016.
  2. Suicide rates among female university students are significantly lower compared to their male counterparts.
  3. The report shows significantly lower suicide numbers compared to the previous Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates. This is explained by focus on higher education students only, whereas the ONS estimates take other students in consideration.
  4. The research identified 1,330 students who committed suicide between the 12 months ending July 2001 and the 12 months ending July 2017. Of them, 66% were males (878 students) and 34% were females (452 students).
  5. The average age at death has been 26 years, with insignificant fluctuations over time.
  6. Undergraduates accounted for 83% of the higher education student suicides (1,109 deaths) and postgraduates accounted for 17% (221 deaths).

See the suicide rates gender chart below:


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