Suicide Facts: Provisional 2003 All-Ages Statistics

Published online: 
01 February 2006

Summary

Suicide deaths in 2003

  • A total of 515 people died by suicide, compared with 465 in 2002.
  • The age-standardised suicide rate was 11.5 deaths per 100,000 population, compared with 10.8 in 2002.
  • The three-year moving average age-standardised rate of suicide for the total population increased to a peak of 14.0 deaths per 100,000 population for the
  • 1995–1997 and 1996–1998 periods. It then decreased until the most recent period (2001–2003).
  • Males continue to have a higher age-standardised suicide rate than females (16.9 compared with 6.2 per 100,000 population respectively). From 1995, there was a decline in the male rate, and then after 2000 there was a general increase in the female rate.
  • The all-ages sex ratio for the suicide rate in New Zealand was 2.7 male suicides to every female suicide per 100,000 population.
  • The age-standardised rate of suicide was higher for Māori than for non-Māori. For Māori males and females, the age-standardised rates were 21.1 and 6.4 deaths per 100,000 population respectively, and for non-Māori males and females, they were 15.6 and 5.9 deaths per 100,000 population respectively.
  • For life-cycle age groups, for females, 15-24-year-olds had the highest age-specific suicide rate (11.0 per 100,000 population), while for males, 25-44-year-olds had the highest age-specific suicide rate (28.4 per 100,000 population).
  • New Zealand’s all-ages suicide rate was the sixth highest among selected OECD countries for males, and the fourth highest for females.
  • The least deprived areas of New Zealand had a suicide rate of 8.8 per 100,000 population compared with 13.2 per 100,000 population in the most deprived areas of New Zealand.


Hospitalisation for suicide and intentional self-harm in 2002/03

  • The age-standardised hospitalisation rate for suicide and intentional self-harm for the total population was 131.5 per 100,000 population, compared with 128.2 in 2001/02.
  • The sex ratio for hospitalisation for suicide and intentional self-harm in New Zealand was 2.1 female hospitalisations to every male hospitalisation per 100,000 population.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    01 February 2006
  • ISBN:
    0-478-29918-4 (Book), 0-478-29919-2 (Website)
  • HP number:
    4216
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2006. Suicide Facts: Provisional 2003 All-Ages Statistics. Monitoring Report No. 1. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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