Official Statistics

Near to real-time suspected suicide surveillance (nRTSSS) for England

Monthly reporting of deaths by suspected suicide, acting as an early warning system for indications of change in suicides to inform suicide prevention.

Applies to England

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Update for the 15 month period to December 2023 includes:

  • addition of new data on deaths by suspected suicides for December 2023

  • delayed submissions of deaths for months prior to December 2023

  • new data for quarter 4, 2023

About the near to real-time suspected suicide surveillance (nRTSSS) for England

These documents are classified as official statistics in development.

The nRTSSS report presents rates of suspected suicides in England broken down by age group and sex.  It also gives an overview of suspected suicide method.

It is supplemented by:

  • data tables to provide access to all underlying data

  • a methodology document to provide an overview of data quality assessment, inclusion criteria and statistical approaches used

The primary purpose of the nRTSSS is to provide suicide prevention planners with an early indication of changes in trends of suicide to inform and enable a more timely and targeted response.

Published 30 November 2023
Last updated 28 March 2024 + show all updates
  1. Added new data on deaths by suspected suicides for December 2023 and for calendar quarter 4, 2023. Delayed submissions of deaths for months prior to December 2023 are also included.

  2. Added new data on deaths by suspected suicides for November 2023 and for calendar quarter 3, 2023. Delayed submissions of deaths for months prior to November 2023 are also included.

  3. Added new data on deaths by suspected suicides for September 2023 and October 2023, and for calendar quarter 3, 2023. Late submissions of deaths for months prior to September 2023 are also included. Monthly rates for the period August 2022 to August 2023 have been updated following publication of rebased local mid-year estimate populations based on 2021 Census.

  4. First published.