Postnatal Depression: Suicide

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Independent, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many women have taken their own lives in the first year after the birth of their child in each year since 2010.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The maternal mortality rates by suicide, per 100,000 maternities up to one year post-partum are set out in the following table.

Cause of death

2010-12

2011-13

2012-14

2013-15

2014-16

Psychiatric Causes – Suicide

10

13

14

12

16

Source: MBRRACE-UK, Office for National Statistics, National Records Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Data for United Kingdom.

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