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Suicide rate falling

Suicide rates are continuing to fall, new figures show. The first annual report of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy showed suicides fell by 3.2 per cent to 8.9 deaths per 100,000 of the population in 2000/3, down from 9.2 per 100,000 in 1995/7. The Government's Our Healthier Nation public health strategy set a target to reduce suicide to 7.4 deaths per 100,000 by 2009 to 2011.

Each year 1,300 men aged 19-35 take their own lives.

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