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.
The source data can be found in Eurostat table hlth_cd_aro.
This item marks World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September.
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