Context of Suicide Statistics
Suicide statistics provide an indicator of mental health and are important for monitoring trends in deaths resulting from
intentional (and probable) self-harm. The statistics are widely used to inform policy, planning and research in both the
public and private sector and they enable policy makers and support services to target their resources most effectively.
Key users include the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, the Public Health Agency, academics,
and charity organisations. There is a period of time between when a suicide occurs and when the death is registered.
A report providing further information on time taken to register a suicide is available here.
Definition of Suicide
Suicide deaths in Northern Ireland are defined using the UK definition which includes deaths from Self-inflicted Injury
as well as Events of Undetermined Intent. The codes used to define the suicide figures are shown below:
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More detailed data by cause of death can be found in the Registrar General Annual Report.
The most recent quarterly statistics relating to suicide can be found in the Registrar General Quarterly Reports.
Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety
Protect Life: a shared vision. The Northern Ireland suicide prevention strategy and action plan:
Lifeline - a confidential service, where trained counsellors will listen and help immediately on the phone and follow up with other support if necessary.
Phone 0808 808 8000 Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Minding Your Head
Dealing with Sudden Death and Traumatic Bereavement