Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and it is considerably higher in men, with around three times as many men dying as a result of suicide compared to women. It is the leading cause of death for men under 50 in the UK. Looking at a slightly younger age group, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds.
Suicidal thoughts, or suicidal ideation, means thinking about or planning suicide. Thoughts can range from a detailed plan to a fleeting consideration, but each should be taken just as seriously as the other and requires immediate support.
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