ROY GREIGS SUICIDE NAE HOAX

LESS THAN 1.2% OF SUICIDES ARE BY

MEN SETTING THEMSELVES ALIGHT

England & Wales methods of suicide

In England & Wales (figures compiled separately for Scotland), methods of suicide are more evenly spread than they are in the US. With firearms much harder to come by, that method is not surprisingly lower down the list. That aside, the other top methods in England and Wales are the same as in the US – hanging and poisoning.
Deaths by self harm and undetermined intent in England & Wales 2011

England & Wales methods of suicide 2011

Similar to the US, 75% of all suicides are men, and this proportion has remained fairly constant since 1991.
Methods of suicide between women and men is very different in the UK. Poisoning is more than twice as popular in women than men, with women choosing hanging much less than men. Very few women in England & Wales use firearms to kill themselves, and there are also much fewer deaths from exposure to gasses. The table below shows the breakdown for men, women and all adults.

Method Men Women All adults
Hanging & suffocation 2,122 57.0% 413 35.0% 2,535 51.7%
Drug-related poisoning 576 15.5% 418 35.4% 994 20.3%
Other and unspecified 257 6.9% 114 9.7% 371 7.6%
Jumping/lying/falling before moving object 159 4.3% 39 3.3% 198 4.0%
Drowning and submersion 114 3.1% 76 6.4% 190 3.9%
Jumping/falling from high place 123 3.3% 50 4.2% 173 3.5%
Sharp or blunt objects 128 3.4% 22 1.9% 150 3.1%
Exposure to gasses & vapours 95 2.5% 14 1.2% 109 2.2%
Firearms 86 2.3% 4 0.3% 90 1.8%
Smoke, fire and flames
46
1.2%
 
26
2.2%
 
72
1.5%
Exposure to pesticides &chemicals 13 0.3% 4 0.3% 17 0.3%
Crashing a motor vehicle 7 0.2% 1 0.1% 8 0.2%
Total 3,726 1,181 4,907

The above figures include data on deaths with “undetermined intent”. Most deaths in this category are investigated by an inquest whose finding was an open verdict due to insufficient evidence to record any other conclusion. Research in to deaths from injury and poisoning with an open verdict suggested that the commonest other verdict under consideration was suicide. As a result, these deaths are usually grouped together with those categorised as suicide to give a more realistic estimate of total suicides and deaths from self-harm.

Source
Office for National Statistics, Deaths registered in England and Wales, 2011, table 5.19: deaths: underlying cause, sex and age-group.

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