Research & Evaluation

The National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) is committed to supporting research in the areas of suicide research/ prevention and mental health promotion. Connecting for Life takes an evidence-informed approach to suicide prevention, to ensure the proposed aims, objectives and interventions deliver real and measurable benefits in a cost-efficient way.

Read NOSP or Connecting for Life-related research reports

Irish suicide data

In Ireland, the decision as to whether someone has died by suicide is a legal determination made by Coroners, not a medical decision by doctors or the HSE and there is a time delay in the availability of data. Following the Coronial investigation, inquest and registration processes, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) publishes national mortality data, including data on deaths by suicide. All CSO data on suicide deaths is publicly available on their website

Annual data from the CSO is delivered in three stages;

  • Provided firstly by year of registration – “provisional”
  • Revised later, by year of occurrence – “official”
  • Revised later again, to include “late registrations”.

Self-harm data in Ireland

Why record self-harm data?

Non-fatal self-harm is a far more common form of suicidal behaviour than suicide and it is one of the strongest risk factors for suicide. Hospital-presenting self-harm is the most severe type of non-fatal self-harm. As a result, reducing the rate of hospital-presenting self-harm is one of the two defined outcomes of Connecting for Life, Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2024.

What is the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland?

The National Self-Harm Registry Ireland records and reports information about self-harm presentations to hospital emergency departments across the country. The Registry is operated by the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and is funded by the HSE NOSP.

What does the Registry do?

The Registry tells us how many self-harm presentations there are each year. It tells us which groups in the country make the most presentations, when the presentations happen, what type of self-harm is involved, and which areas have the highest rates. By providing this information, the Registry helps to inform the improvement of services for individuals who self-harm and prevention efforts.

What are my data protection rights if I attended hospital with self-harm?

If you attended a hospital emergency department with self-harm, your data may have been recorded by the Registry. Anyone is entitled to contact the Registry to enquire if their data has been recorded. If your data has been recorded, you have the right to request that it is withdrawn. Contact:

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