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Research & Evaluation

Research and evaluation

Current Suicide Rate in Ireland

The CSO Vital Statistics Report for 2016 (released October 2018) includes confirmed figures for deaths by suicide that occurred in 2016. According to the Report, 437 (350 men, 87 women) suicide deaths occurred in 2016. This number of suicides represents a 3% increase on the number of suicides recorded for 2015 (n=425).

The most current (2016) confirmed suicide rate in Ireland is 9.2 per 100,000 of the population. For the whole of population there has consistently been a higher rate of suicide amongst males.

In 2016, the number of deaths of undetermined intent was 33, a 27% decrease on the number of deaths of undetermined intent in 2015 (n=45).

Rates Graph July 2018

For more on suicide rates and comparisons, view our briefing documents, here.

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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