Suicide Deaths

Suicide statistics provide an indicator of mental health and are important for monitoring trends in deaths resulting from intentional (and probable) self-harm.

Context of Suicide Statistics

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, 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 on this page.

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:

ICD-10 Description
X60-X84, Y87.0 Self-inflicted Injury
Y10-Y34, Y87.2 Events of Undetermined Intent


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