Facts & Figures

Here is a brief summary of relevant facts and figures for Ireland. The most reliable and comprehensive information we have is from 2015 and gathered from a variety of sources. All sources are available from Headline.ie/Research. If you require more specific information please contact the relevant experts in the area.

451

During 2015 there were 451 instances of suicide in Ireland; 375 men and 76 women.

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45-54

The age group with the highest suicide of both men and women is 45-54. That remains unchanged from the previous 2 years.

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90 Minutes

Someone dies by suicide every 90 minutes in the UK & Ireland

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11,189

In 2015 there were 11,189 self-harm presentations to hospital that were made by 8,791 individuals.

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One in every 139 girls of 15-19 years of age, and one in every 181 men of 20-24 years of age presented to hospital in 2015 as a consequence of self-harm.

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There were notable increases in the male rate of self-harm in Leitrim, Cork County, Sligo and South Dublin. Increases in the female rate of self-harm were observed in Leitrim, South Dublin, Kilkenny and Longford.

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65%

Approximately 65% of all self-harm presentations involved an overdose of medication, while alcohol was involved in 31% of all cases.

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Self-cutting was more common among young people, and drug overdose was present in a higher proportion in older age groups.

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About Headline

Headline is Ireland’s national programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental illness and suicide. Our objective is to work as collaboratively as possible with Irish media professionals across print, broadcast, and online platforms to reduce the effects of suicide contagion, and the stigma attached to mental ill health.

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