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Table 2 The numbers (N), rate (deaths per 100,000) and percentage (%) of female 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 77 1.4 (42) 80 1.4 (37) 63 1.1 (23) 50 0.9 (17) 39 0.7 (13)
   Hangingb 72 1.3 (39) 57 1.0 (26) 78 1.3 (28) 64 1.1 (22) 76 1.4 (24)
   Gasesc 0 0.0 (0) 0 0.0 (0) 2 0.0 (1) 26 0.4 (9) 77 1.4 (24)
   Jumpingd 13 0.2 (7) 34 0.6 (16) 90 1.6 (33) 94 1.6 (33) 87 1.6 (28)
   Otherse 22 0.4 (12) 44 0.8 (20) 42 0.7 (15) 54 0.9 (19) 36 0.6 (11)
25–44           
   Poisoninga 265 2.6 (43) 351 3.2 (39) 311 2.8 (27) 266 2.3 (21) 231 2.0 (14)
   Hangingb 261 2.5 (41) 286 2.6 (32) 356 3.2 (32) 329 2.9 (26) 316 2.8 (20)
   Gasesc 0 0.0 (0) 7 0.1 (1) 10 0.1 (1) 181 1.6 (15) 511 4.6 (33)
   Jumpingd 31 0.3 (5) 94 0.9 (11) 198 1.8 (18) 211 2.0 (18) 300 2.7 (19)
   Otherse 72 0.7 (12) 161 1.5 (18) 249 2.3 (22) 261 2.3 (21) 222 2.0 (14)
45–64           
   Poisoninga 162 3.4 (42) 209 4.0 (38) 303 5.3 (42) 301 4.6 (31) 322 4.4 (26)
   Hangingb 178 3.7 (46) 214 4.1 (39) 238 4.0 (32) 344 5.2 (34) 372 5.0 (30)
   Gasesc 0 0.0 (0) 0 0.0 (0) 1 0.0 (0) 58 0.8 (5) 179 2.2 (13)
   Jumpingd 10 0.2 (3) 30 0.6 (5) 60 1.0 (8) 103 1.5 (10) 160 2.1 (13)
   Otherse 34 0.7 (9) 97 1.9 (18) 138 2.3 (18) 195 2.9 (19) 220 3.0 (18)
65 and above           
   Poisoninga 111 5.6 (29) 175 7.8 (34) 279 10.9 (38) 334 11.3 (38) 340 1.4 (33)
   Hangingb 234 11.7 (61) 235 10.2 (45) 292 11.2 (39) 352 11.8 (39) 362 1.7 (34)
   Gasesc 0 0.0 (0) 2 0.1 (0) 0 0.0 (0) 4 0.1 (0) 12 0.4 (1)
   Jumpingd 2 0.1 (1) 25 1.1 (5) 41 1.5 (5) 93 3.1 (10) 119 3.6 (11)
   Otherse 32 1.7 (9) 80 3.5 (15) 124 4.8 (17) 107 3.6 (12) 202 6.0 (19)
Total           
   Poisoninga 615 2.8 (39) 815 3.5 (37) 956 3.9 (34) 951 3.5 (28) 932 3.2 (22)
   Hangingb 745 3.5 (48) 792 3.4 (37) 964 3.8 (33) 1089 4.0 (32) 1126 3.9 (27)
   Gasesc 0 0.0 (0) 9 0.0 (0) 13 0.1 (0) 269 1.0 (8) 779 2.7 (19)
   Jumpingd 56 0.2 (3) 183 0.8 (8) 389 1.5 (13) 501 1.9 (15) 666 2.4 (16)
   Otherse 160 0.7 (10) 382 1.6 (18) 553 2.2 (19) 617 2.3 (18) 680 2.3 (16)
  1. a Poisoning by solid or liquid substances.
  2. bHanging, strangulation and suffocation.
  3. c Poisoning by other gases.
  4. dJumping/falling from high places.
  5. eOthers including poisoning by domestic gases, drowning, firearms, cutting and piercing, other and unspecified means, and late effects of injury.