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Table 1 The numbers (N), rate (deaths per 100,000) and percentage (%) of male suicide deaths by method in Taiwan, 1991–2005

From: Suicide mortality trends by sex, age and method in Taiwan, 1971–2005

  1991–1993 1994–1996 1997–1999 2000–2002 2003–2005
Age N Rate (%) N Rate (%) N Rate (%) N Rate (%) N Rate (%)
15–24           
   Poisoninga 144 2.5 (34) 128 2.2 (27) 104 1.7 (23) 93 1.5 (18) 67 1.1 (12)
   Hangingb 178 3.0 (42) 138 2.4 (29) 154 2.6 (34) 170 2.8 (35) 155 2.7 (28)
   Gasesc 0 0.0 (0) 4 0.1 (1) 6 0.1 (1) 59 0.9 (11) 176 3.0 (31)
   Jumpingd 15 0.3 (4) 56 1.0 (12) 60 1.0 (13) 71 1.2 (15) 93 1.6 (17)
   Otherse 87 1.5 (20) 146 2.5 (31) 130 2.2 (29) 105 1.7 (21) 68 1.2 (12)
25–44           
   Poisoninga 390 3.7 (34) 573 5.1 (33) 677 5.9 (30) 672 5.9 (23) 624 5.3 (17)
   Hangingb 539 5.1 (47) 612 5.4 (35) 849 7.4 (37) 882 7.6 (30) 965 8.3 (26)
   Gasesc 5 0.1 (0) 20 0.2 (1) 59 0.5 (3) 564 4.9 (20) 1288 1.2 (35)
   Jumpingd 35 0.3 (3) 109 1.0 (6) 212 1.9 (9) 267 2.3 (9) 339 3.0 (9)
   Otherse 185 1.7 (16) 412 3.7 (24) 482 4.2 (21) 513 4.4 (18) 481 4.1 (13)
45–64           
   Poisoninga 244 4.8 (32) 391 7.4 (35) 543 9.4 (35) 659 10.2 (30) 651 9.1 (23)
   Hangingb 398 7.6 (52) 468 8.8 (42) 611 10.5 (39) 823 12.7 (37) 1031 1.1 (35)
   Gasesc 1 0.0 (0) 3 0.1 (0) 35 0.6 (2) 211 3.0 (9) 561 7.1 (18)
   Jumpingd 23 0.4 (3) 48 0.9 (4) 93 1.6 (6) 159 2.4 (7) 224 3.0 (8)
   Otherse 98 1.9 (13) 205 3.9 (19) 271 4.7 (18) 394 5.9 (17) 466 6.4 (16)
65 and above           
   Poisoninga 175 7.4 (21) 251 9.6 (22) 342 11.8 (24) 401 13.4 (26) 386 1.0 (23)
   Hangingb 520 23.4 (65) 587 22.6 (53) 724 24.9 (50) 778 24.2 (47) 831 2.0 (45)
   Gasesc 0 0.0 (0) 0 0.0 (0) 2 0.1 (0) 17 0.6 (1) 43 1.4 (3)
   Jumpingd 24 1.1 (3) 64 2.3 (5) 133 4.4 (9) 201 5.9 (12) 199 5.4 (10)
   Otherse 88 3.9 (11) 221 8.4 (20) 249 8.6 (17) 238 7.3 (14) 349 1.1 (19)
Total           
   Poisoninga 953 4.0 (30) 1343 5.5 (30) 1666 6.4 (30) 1825 6.8 (26) 1728 6.0 (20)
   Hangingb 1635 7.1 (53) 1805 7.3 (41) 2338 8.8 (40) 2653 9.5 (36) 2982 1.1 (33)
   Gasesc 6 0.0 (0) 27 0.1 (1) 102 0.4 (2) 851 3.0 (11) 2068 7.1 (23)
   Jumpingd 97 0.4 (3) 277 1.1 (6) 498 1.8 (8) 698 2.4 (9) 855 2.9 (9)
   Otherse 458 1.9 (14) 984 4.0 (22) 1132 4.3 (20) 1250 4.5 (17) 1364 4.6 (15)
  1. a Poisoning by solid or liquid substances.
  2. b Hanging, strangulation and suffocation.
  3. c Poisoning by other gases.
  4. d Jumping/falling from high places.
  5. e Others including poisoning by domestic gases, drowning, firearms, cutting and piercing, other and unspecified means, and late effects of injury.