Increase in the number of suicides from previous years
The number of deaths from suicide has increased in two successive years. In 2017, altogether 824 persons committed suicide. This was over 30 suicides more than in the year before and over 90 more than in 2015. Despite the development in recent years, suicide mortality has decreased by over 20 per cent in ten years, by 22 per cent for men and 16 per cent for women.
The number of suicides has decreased relatively evenly since 1990, when more than 1,500 suicides were committed in Finland. Men’s suicide mortality has decreased more than women’s. However, men still commit clearly more suicides than women. Three out of four persons who committed suicide were men.
During the last ten years the decrease in suicide mortality is most clearly visible among middle-aged persons. In contrast, the suicide mortality among persons aged under 25 has not decreased in a similar way. The average age of those who committed suicide was 49 for women and 46 for men in 2017. More than 100 persons aged under 25 committed suicide.