New data released today for registered suicide deaths across England shows 2022 saw a slight decrease in some areas of West Yorkshire.ONS logo.JPG

The Office for National Statistics’ annual release of suicide registrations – from coroners’ courts – were published today for 2022.

The rolling aggregate three-year rates – the preferred indicator for giving trends – show the overall rate for West Yorkshire reduced slightly from 13.0 per 100,000 people in 2019-2021 to 12.5 in 2020-2022.

This remains higher than England’s average rolling three-year rate, which for 2020-2022 was 10.3, slightly down from the 10.4 for 2019-2021.

Calderdale, Leeds and Wakefield also all saw slight rate decreases, with Bradford and Kirklees seeing slight increases.

Table 2: Number of deaths and age-standardised suicide rates per 100,000 population for local authorities in West Yorkshire
  2022-2022 2019-2021
England 10.3 10.4
West Yorkshire 12.5 13.0
Bradford 10.4 9.7
Calderdale  16.7 17.3
Kirklees 11.9 11.4
Leeds 11.9 13.3
Wakefield 15.8 17.2


The overall count for West Yorkshire was 250 deaths registered as suicides in 2022, a slight fall from the 281 in 2021.

Nationally, around three-quarters of suicides registered in 2022 were males – a trend seen since the mid-1990s.

 Highest age-specific rates were:

  • Males – 90 years and over (32.1 per 100,000) and 45-49 (23.0 per 100,000)
  • Females – 50-54 (7.8 per 100,000)

Yorkshire and the Humber’s 2022 rate was 12.3 per 100,000 – the fourth highest regional suicide rate.

In its accompanying notes on the England and Wales figures, the ONS said: "Suicide rates decreased in 2020 and increased in 2021, likely because of both decreases in male suicides at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and delays in death registrations because of the pandemic."

View the latest data on the ONS website - for England and Wales and for local authorities