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Armed Forces: Suicide

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 181210, tabled on 15 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many active-duty military deaths there have been by suicide from 1990 to date.

Answered on

23 April 2021

Between 1990 and 2020 (latest data available), there have been 683 coroner confirmed suicides in the regular Armed Forces, the annual numbers have been presented in the Table.

Table: UK regular Armed Forces suicide and open verdict deaths by year, numbers

1990-2020

Year All Coroner confirmed suicides

All 683

1990 50

1991 48

1992 37

1993 43

1994 34

1995 43

1996 32

1997 26

1998 19

1999 30

2000 37

2001 16

2002 15

2003 25

2004 20

2005 22

2006 12

2007 10

2008 10

2009 15

2010 7

2011 15

2012 20

2013 9

2014 10

2015 8

2016 13

2017 16

2018 17

2019 15

2020 9

Source: Defence Statistics Health

1 Figures are for regular personnel and only those reservists who have died whilst on operational deployment. Figures include male and female personnel.

The latest statistics have been published on gov.uk at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-armed-forces-suicide-and-open-verdict-deaths-index