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Rate suicide & undet intent 2015



Subject Keywords: Suicide, Deaths of undetermined intent
Topic: Injury
Mental Health
Catalogue: Data
Type: Data
Region: Administrative County
Antrim LGD
Ards LGD
Armagh LGD
Ballymena LGD
Ballymoney LGD
Banbridge LGD
Belfast LGD
Carlow County
Carrickfergus LGD
Castlereagh LGD
Cavan County
Clare County
Coleraine LGD
Cookstown LGD
Cork City
Cork County
Craigavon LGD
Derry LGD
Donegal County
Down LGD
Dublin City
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown
Dungannon LGD
Fermanagh LGD
Galway City
Galway County
Kerry County
Kildare County
Kilkenny County
Laois County
Larne LGD
Leitrim County
Limavady LGD
Limerick City
Limerick County
Lisburn LGD
Local Government District
Local Health Office
Longford County
Louth County
Maherafelt LGD
Mayo County
Meath County
Monaghan County
Moyle LGD
Newry & Mourne LGD
Newtownabbey LGD
North Down LGD
North Tipperary
Offaly County
Omagh LGD
Roscommon County
Sligo County
South Dublin
South Tipperary
Strabane LGD
Waterford City
Waterford County
Westmeath County
Wexford County
Wicklow County
Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

The rate of intentional self-harm, incl suicidal attempt (ICD 10: X60-X84) and the rate of Undetermined injury (Y10-Y34 and Y87.2) per 100,000 population.

Republic of Ireland numerator:CSO, 2015
Republic of Ireland denominator: CSO, 2015

Northern Ireland numerator: NISRA, 2015
Northern Ireland denominator: NISRA, 2015

In the UK, in considering suicide events it is conventional to include cases where the cause of death is classified as either ‘Suicide and self-inflicted injury’ or ‘Undetermined injury’. Deaths by undetermined cause were also included for RoI data for an all-island comparison.

The suicide prevention strategies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland expressed concern about the accuracy of suicide data. The following factors are likely to affect the accuracy of suicide data:
There may be difficulty in determining the intent behind a death and some suicide deaths are likely to be recorded as deaths of undetermined intent. This would underestimate the rate of suicide.
Similarly, there may be different practices in different areas in classifying the intent behind a death and some suicide deaths may be classified as deaths of undetermined intent. Again, this would underestimate the rate of suicide.

There can be substantial delays in registering suicide deaths due to the time taken to complete inquests so it is advisable to allow a number of years time lag before reporting a particular year’s suicide data. This will improve the completeness of the data. 



Rights: CSO: NISRA
Suggested citation:

CSO, NISRA. (2016) Rate suicide & undet intent 2015 [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 9th April 2020].


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