Back

Deaths due to intentional self-harm: 77% are men

09/09/2019

© hikrcn / Shutterstock.com

According to the most recent European Union (EU) statistics, the number of deaths caused by intentional self-harm reported by EU Member States stood at 53,500 in 2016, corresponding to 1% of all deaths reported in that year. More than three quarters of the deaths due to intentional self-harm were among men (77%).

When the figures are analysed by age and sex, the proportion of deaths caused by intentional self-harm was highest among men aged 20-24 (21%).  For women the proportion was highest among 15-19 year olds (16%).

Yet for both men and women, more than half of the deaths due to intentional self-harm in 2016 were among those aged 50 or over.

 

Graph showing share of deaths for specific age and sex categories which are due to intentional self-harm, 2016

The source data can be found in Eurostat table hlth_cd_aro.

 

This item marks World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September.

 

To contact us, please visit our User Support page.

For press queries, please contact our Media Support.