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Wales suicide rates up 30% in two years

Suicide rates in Wales have risen 30% in two years to the highest level since 2004 and are higher than England.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed the rate up from 10.7 per 100,000 people in 2009 to 13.9 in 2011.

The 2011 total was 341, up from 288 in 2010. The England rate is 10.4/100,000.

The Welsh government said there were yearly fluctuations, but it had been feared the economic downturn could lead to a higher suicide rate.

Health correspondent Owain Clarke reports.

Suicide rate up 30% in two years

  • 22 Jan 2013