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Research & Evaluation

Research and evaluation

Current Suicide Rate in Ireland

The CSO Vital Statistics Report for 2015 (released October 2017) includes confirmed figures for deaths by suicide that occurred in 2015. According to the Report, 425 (335 men, 90 women) suicide deaths occurred in 2015. This number of suicides represents over a 12% decrease on the number of suicides recorded for 2014 (n=486).

The greatest decrease occurred amongst males aged 15-24 years, whilst the greatest increase was amongst males and females aged 55-64 years. The number of suicides among females was 90 in 2015, similar to the number in 2014 (n=87).

In 2015, the number of deaths of undetermined intent was 45, a 15% decrease on the number of deaths of undetermined intent in 2014 (n=53).

Rates Graph Nov 2017

The most current (2015) confirmed suicide rate in Ireland is 9.1 per 100,000 of the population. For the whole of population there has consistently been a higher rate of suicide amongst males.

Click here to view the latest research publications developed under the Connecting for Life strategy.

Connecting for Life Outcomes

Connecting for Life sets out with two primary outcomes:

• Reduced suicide rate in the whole population and amongst specified priority groups.
• Reduced rate of presentations of self-harm in the whole population and amongst specified priority groups.

The World Health Organization target of a 10% reduction in the rates of suicide by 2020 is identified as the minimum objective. The outcomes framework also includes a series of Intermediate Outcomes against which progress relating to specific actions will be monitored.

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