It was officially recorded in September 2019 that in 2018, there were 6,507 suicides registered in the UK and significantly higher than that recorded in 2017.

4,903 of those recorded suicides were men and represented a significant increase from the rate in 2017.

Scotland had the highest suicide followed by Wales.

Males aged 45 to 49 years had the highest age-specific suicide rate.

The most common method of suicide in the UK was hanging, accounting for 59.4% of all suicides among males and 45.0% of all suicides among females.


Figures from The Office for National Statistics. The executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, a non-ministerial department which reports directly to the UK Parliament.

Suicide scene first responder

Would you know what to do at a suicide scene?

As a Search Technician Team Leader and SAR Medic for a number of years with The Association of Lowland Search And Rescue, it wasn’t unusual for Search and Rescue personnel to locate a missing person under sad and distressing circumstances.

SAR teams are called upon by police to assist the emergency services in the search for missing persons.

ALSAR is part of the UKSAR operators group appointed by the Department for Transport.

Search technicians undergo constant mandatory training, not just in search techniques but police protocols relating to crime scenes and preservation of evidence.

I was also an accredited FPoS (First Person on Scene) instructor and a lot of information in the eBook/book is shared from that experience and knowledge.

On the point of gunshot wounds and first aid which is covered very thoroughly in this book. I was a shooting enthusiast and not only competed but provided medical facilities in the event of an injury.

AoFAS suicide e-Book police crime scene

The very nature of Search and Rescue is being out in the middle of nowhere at any time of day or night.

Often using taught tracking skills to read terrain, spot footprints and observations of disturbed hedgerow that may indicate entry or exit.

There may be a sudden noise, a distinct crack or bank, tree branch breaking or gunshot.

A first responder could be dispatched to, what could be a cold wet lonely, desolate woodland near a remote village due to a report of someone ‘not well’, and a call out that is about to be turned into a potential crime scene.

Is it safe for you to enter? preservation of life is crucial but your safety is more important. If it is much more sinister than what was reported, it puts a totally different complexion on the situation and your well being.

Depending on the circumstances you may be told to standby or even stand down and not enter even despite your nature and willingness.

Search and rescue,  first responder, first aider, event medic or member of the public who happens across a scene that would eventually appear be be a suicide.

It isn’t unusual for a murder to be staged as a suicide, many a thriller has been based on that scenario years.

If it is a crime scene, you need to protect and preserve evidence but you need to try and save a life.

AoFAS suicide e-Book crime scene
AoFAS suicide e-Book crime scene presrvation

Suicide scenes don’t necessarily need to be crime scenes or anything sinister other than an individual that has made a decision that could result in ending their own life.

It could be a split second decision or the culmination of a plan.

If you chose to step in, would you know what to do to save a life

Suicide facts in the UK and Ireland
A Crime Scene
Gunshot Wound
Hanging or Suffocation
Drugs Overdose
Chemical suicide
Wrist or throat cuts
Jumped from heights


To AoFAS Members

Available on Amazon from mid-June for £17.50

80 packed pages covering the full aspect from Suicide scene and potential crime screen to scene management and safety.


First aid aspect looks at the situation from having little or no kit to having a grab bag of trauma items.

It isn’t an instruction manual or training course but is aimed at first responders with experience of general first aid and looking at a more focused area of immediate first aid such as suicide.

It has a practical approach taking the reader through the DR ABCDE protocol and dealing with a suicide trauma until the ambulance crew arrives.

It explains about the differences in trauma bandages and haemostatic agents as well as making do with whatever the first person on scene can get their hands on.

Many do’s and don’t relating to wound packing and use of tourniquet including improvised tourniquets.

It covers what a first responder could do, or what not to do in case of a suspected spinal injury with no proper kit.

Eighty packed pages!