Sex and age

In all but one centre (Helsinki) of the WHO Multicentre Study into Parasuicide the female attempted suicide rates were higher than the male suicide attempt rates. On average the rates of females were 1.5 times higher than those for men.

The highest average rates were found for young females of aged 15 to 24 years (283 per 100 000), followed by 25 to 34 years (262), and 35 to 44 years (235). High rates for females age between 15 and 24 years were found in Cergy-Pontoise, France (766), and Oxford (629).

For males, highest average rates were found in the 25 to 34 age group (199), followed by the 35 to 44 group (169), and young males aged 15 to 24 years (168). The rate in males aged 25 to 44 years was particularly high in Helsinki (459). High rates among young males (15-24 years) were found in Helsinki (372), Cergy-Pontoise, France (337), and Oxford (314).

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