To really understand this phenomenon would mean abandoning our narrative of the race yet to be run, and looking directly at the dark side of British life

While we most often think of suicide as a tragedy of the young; it’s their parents’ generation who seem most at risk.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its annual summary of data on deaths by suicide in the UK recently – in the run-up to World Suicide Prevention Day – and the data shows that in 2016 people aged between 40 and 44 had the highest prevalence of suicide, a rate of 15.1 deaths per 100,000 people. Split by gender, the highest prevalence was for men aged 40 to 44 (23.7 deaths per 100,000 in 2016) and women between the ages 50 and 54 (6.4 deaths per 100,000 in 2016).

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