Suicide: how to recognise the warning signs and deal with disclosure

In 2017, 5,821 suicides were recorded in the UK[1], while around one in 15 (6.7%) adults in England are estimated to have attempted suicide at some point in their life[2].

The Office for National Statistics defines suicide as all deaths from intentional self-harm for people aged 10 years or over, and deaths where the intent was undetermined for people aged 15 years and over[1]. Self-harm is different from suicide in that it is a much broader category that covers any deliberate self-injury and occurs in the presence and absence of suicidal intent[2].