Women over 75 Are the Most Likely of Their Gender to Commit Suicide ; NATIONAL STATISTICS
Frith, Maxine, The Independent (London, England)
Women above the age of 75 have the highest suicide rates among the female population.
While men aged between 15 and 44 years old are the most likely among their gender to kill themselves, it is older women who are more at risk than their younger counterparts, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
In England, about seven per 100,000 women over 75 commit suicide each year, compared with about six per 100,000 in the 45-75 range and only five among those aged 15 to 44.
Men have a much higher suicide rate across all ages, with 17 per 100,000 in those over 75, compared with 13 per 100,000 in those aged 45 to 74 and more than 20 per 100,000 in the 15 to 44 range.
Three-quarters of all suicide victims are male.
Wide regional variations were revealed in the statistics, with the male suicide rate in Scotland 50 per cent higher than the UK average.
Women north of the border were twice as likely to kill themselves as in the rest of Britain. …