Suicide Deaths

  • In 2015 there were 15,548 deaths registered in NI
  • Of these, 318 were suicides, an increase from 268 in 2014.
  • Just over three quarters (245) of suicides in 2015 were men

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:

X60-X84, Y87.0Self-inflicted Injury
Y10-Y34, Y87.2Events of Undetermined Intent

This Chart is a modification based on work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.

Suicide Statistics Excel
Suicide Deaths by Sex and Age, 1970-2015 xls
Suicide Deaths by Area, 1997-2015 xlsx
Suicide Deaths by Multiple Deprivation Measure, 2001-2015 xlsx
Suicide Death Rates by Sex, 1971-2015 xlsx
Suicide Deaths by Registration and Occurrence Year, 1997-2015 xlsx
Median Time Taken to Register Suicide Death 2001-2015 xlsx

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.

Suicide Reports

Suicide Statistics in Northern Ireland: Impact of Time Taken to Investigate the Death

Suicides in the United Kingdom, 2012

Suicide trends and geographical variations in the United Kingdom, 1991–2004

Other Useful Statistics

Population Receiving Prescribed Drugs for Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Hospital Admissions due to Mood or Anxiety Disorder

Hospital Admissions for Self Harm

Mental Health - Compulsory Admissions

Interactive Maps of Suicide Deaths by Neighbourhood Renewal Area and other geographical breakdowns are available on NINIS.

Useful links

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

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