Monday 23 September 2019

Decrease in the number of deaths by suicide last year

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

The number of deaths by suicide in the Republic fell to 352 last year- down from 392 in 2017.

The annual report of the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention said Ireland’s overall suicide rate is not high by European comparison:

In 2016, Ireland’s overall suicide rate was 9.37 per 100,000 population.

This was the 11th lowest of 34 European countries.

However, Ireland’s suicide rate among young people -aged 15-19- is high by European comparison:

In 2015, Ireland’s youth suicide rate was 6.73 per 100,000 population.

This was the 9th highest of 33 European countries

The suicide rate between 2016 and 2018 was highest in Monaghan, Cavan and parts of Cork.

It was also highest in Kerry, Leitrim and Westmeath. It was lowest in Fingal in south Dublin.

The report said that based on the most recent official data (2016), the age categories with the highest rates of suicide are;

•Aged 45-54 among males and females together

•Aged 55-64 among males (from 2010 to 2015, the rate was highest in those aged 45-54)

•Aged 55-64 among females (from 2012 to 2014, the rate was highest in those aged 45-54).

Men account for approximately 80pc of all deaths by suicide in Ireland. This is a similar proportion in many other countries across the globe.

John Meehan, HSE Assistant National Director, Mental Health Strategy & Planning said there is an an “abundance of initiatives underway across our health services, and within the community and voluntary sector. “

•The National Office for Suicide Prevention encourages anyone concerned about themselves or someone else to seek help. A list of HSE and HSE-funded services can be found at www.yourmentalhealth.ie

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article please contact Samaritans helpline 116 123 or Aware helpline 1800 80 48 48 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247.

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