• Men are far more likely to commit suicide than women in Wakefield, this is also the case nationally.
  • During 2014-2016, men accounted for 86% of suicides in Wakefield, this is much higher than the national comparator (75%).
  • The most common form of suicide in Wakefield is hanging, strangulation or suffocation, 65% of all suicides between 2014 and 2016 was via this method.
  • 1 in 5 of all deaths in the 18-39 age group for men is a suicide.
  • Approximately 7% of the population in Wakefield have attempted suicide at some stage, according to the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) 2014.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 people (21%) in Wakefield have had suicidal thoughts at some point in their life (APMS 2014).

The Population

Feeling suicidal or committing suicide is something that can affect the whole population. In terms of people who take their own life, the issue is more prevalent in males than females both locally and nationally. However, data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) 2014 suggests that the prevalence of suicidal thoughts is similar amongst both males and females, with around 21% of both genders reporting to have had suicidal thoughts at some point of their life.

The below infographic summarises some of the key messages about suicide in Wakefield:

The Challenges

The Suicide Prevention Profile developed by Public Health England demonstrates the size of the issue in Wakefield, relative to the national position and neighboring local authorities. This can be explored below:

Source: Public Health England

Service Provision

To learn more about support and what is available in Wakefield visit

Turning Point provides free Talking Therapy services to people with CMDs who are aged 18 years or older and are registered with a GP surgery in the Wakefield District. The service is delivered in partnership with NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group.
Contact: 01924 234860
Online: Turning Point

Community Assets

Other Resources

We have produced a comprehensive factsheet on suicide in Wakefield, using data from the APMS 2014. You can download it here.