Saturday 24 February 2018

Financial strain keeps suicide rate stubbornly high

Despite the efforts of numerous national volunteer agencies and support groups suicide rates in Ireland have remained stubbornly high over the last decade. Many feel financial pressures and related stress have been contributory factors in hundreds of suicides since 2008.

There were 554 deaths by suicide in Ireland in 2011, the highest number since records began (in 2000), but researchers believe that the true figure was closer to 600. In 2012 the (registered) figure fell to 507 and by 2013 to 475 nationally.

Men are five times more likely to take their own lives than women in Ireland. While Ireland is just below the European average, it still had the fourth highest rate for suicides in young men aged 15 to 24. Ireland has the 47th highest suicide rate internationally according to figures provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The highest is Greenland where approximately 1 in 1000 will take their own lives.

Irish Independent

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