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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