Facts & Figures

Here is a brief summary of relevant facts and figures for Ireland. The most reliable and comprehensive information we have is from 2022 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.


During 2019 there were 524 instances of suicide in Ireland; 408 men and 116 women. This is 16 fewer than in 2018. (Central Statistics Office, 2022.)

Males Under 25

Among young males, aged under 25 years, suicide was the number one cause of death in 2019. (Central Statistics Office, 2022.)

45 - 64

The age group with the highest suicide of both men and women between 2015 and 2019 was 45-64. (Central Statistics Office, 2022.) 


In the last five years, female deaths from self-harm increased by 8.4% from 107 deaths in 2015 to 116 deaths in 2019. (Central Statistics Office, 2022.) 

2015 - 2019

For the period of 2015-2019, the occurrence of suicides increased in three regions: Dublin (+46%), Mid-West (+14%), and South-West (+5%). Four of the regions reported a decrease: South-East (-18%), Border (-16%), West (-10%), and Mid-East (-8%), while the Midlands region was unchanged. (Central Statistics Office, 2022.) 


The NSHRI recorded a total of 5,432 self-harm presentations to hospitals during January-December 2020, equivalent to 14.8 self-harm presentations per day. (National Self-Harm Registry Ireland, 2020.)  


In March 2020, during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ireland, the rate of hospital-presenting self-harm was 15% lower than in March 2019. (National Self-Harm Registry Ireland, 2020.) 


For 49% of self-harm presentations, patients were referred to mental health services in 2020. (National Self-Harm Registry Ireland, 2020.)