The burden of attempted hanging and drowning presenting to hospitals in Ireland between 2007 and 2019: A national registry‑based study

Purpose: To measure the impact of hospital-treated self-harm by hanging and drowning in Ireland in 2007-2019 and identify risk factors for these methods of self-harm. Method: Data on all self-harm presentations to Irish hospitals between 2007 and 2019 were obtained from the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland, a national self-harm surveillance system. Multinomial regression was used to explore […]

Perspectives of youth in Ireland on school-based mental health and suicide prevention: The MYSTORY study

Anxiety, depression, and suicide are leading causes of disability and death among young people, globally. Schools are an ideal setting to target young people’s mental health, yet young people’s beliefs about and experiences with school mental health and suicide prevention are not well understood. This gap in knowledge contradicts both national and international youth mental […]

A study of the Irish system of recording suicide deaths

Background: Many studies have examined the reliability of national suicide statistics. Aims: To examine the Irish system of certifying suicide deaths and data collected by it. Methods: Data were recorded from a police form (Form 104) completed and sent to the Irish Central Statistics Office (CSO) after all inquested deaths that occurred in Ireland in 2002. Results: Of the […]

Firearms, hanging, and drowning suicides in the Republic of Ireland

Background: The firearms climate in Ireland is rapidly changing, and there is currently no research on the risk profiles of those dying through firearms suicides. Aims: To compare the sociodemographic profile of firearms suicide deaths with hanging and drowning suicides. Methods: Analyses are based on data for 9,674 suicides that occurred between 1980 and 2005 and provided by […]

State of Ireland’s mental health: Findings from a nationally representative survey

Aims Current information about the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the general adult population of the Republic of Ireland is lacking. In this study, we examined the prevalence of 12 common mental disorders, the proportion of adults who screened positive for any disorder, the sociodemographic factors associated with meeting criteria for a disorder […]

Suicidal ideation and behaviors among Irish Travellers presenting for emergency care: Ethnicity as a risk factor

Background: Suicide is a serious problem in the Traveller community, with rates estimated at 11%: over 6 times that of the general population. Aims: We aimed to establish the prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation (SI) and self-harm (SH) among Irish Travellers. Method: This was an observational cross-sectional cohort study of patients presenting with SH and SI to a tertiary […]

The public health approach to suicide prevention in Ireland

This article provides an overview of the public health approach to suicide in Ireland. The authors provide detail on the current suicide prevention strategy in Ireland, Connecting for Life, which is a whole-of-government, systemic, multicomponent national strategy. As the strategy enters its final extended phase of implementation over the period 2020-2024, the public health elements […]

A rapid review of Irish Traveller mental health and suicide: A psychosocial and anthropological perspective

Introduction:Irish Travellers are an indigenous ethnic minority (IEM) with poor health outcomes. Whilst they constitute less than 1% of the Irish population, they account for 10% of national young adult male suicide statistics. Methods:A rapid review of scientific publications related to mental health and suicide in Irish Travellers was undertaken following the Preferred Reporting Items […]

Suicide statistics report: Latest statistics for the UK and Republic of Ireland

There were 6,859 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2018. Suicide statistics for the UK as a whole, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are not routinely published together by any other organisation.  

Suicide prevention: GPs professional views & practice experience

Background: Connecting for Life (CfL), Ireland’s national, coordinated, multifaceted strategy to reduce deaths by suicide and self-harm, recognises the important context that primary care plays in suicide prevention. Within this context, the General Practitioner (GP) plays a vital role. In May 2017, the Monitoring & Evaluation Team & Clinical Advisor in the National Office for Suicide […]

Best practice guidance for suicide prevention services: Findings of a survey

Connecting for Life (CfL) is Ireland’s national, coordinated, multifaceted strategy to reduce deaths by suicide 2015-2020. Strategic Goal 5 of this strategy seeks to ensure safe and high quality services for people vulnerable to suicide. A key Action (5.1.1) under this goal is to ‘Develop quality standards for suicide prevention services provided by statutory and non-statutory […]

Technology, mental health and suicide prevention in Ireland: A good practice guide.

While many of us remain reluctant to ask for help when we are going through tough times, the internet has become the great enabler of the 21st century. Online services allow individuals to gain the knowledge and confidence they need to bring private concerns towards inter-personal solutions. From the perspective of people already engaged in […]

The area-level association between hospital-treated deliberate self-harm, deprivation and social fragmentation in Ireland.


Characteristics of hospital-treated intentional drug overdose in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

This study compared the profile of intentional drug overdoses (IDOs) presenting to emergency departments in Ireland and in the Western Trust Area of Northern Ireland between 2007 and 2012. Specifically the study aimed to compare characteristics of the patients involved, to explore the factors associated with repeated IDO and to report the prescription rates of […]

Suicidal action, emotional expression, and the performance of masculinities.

Male rates of suicide are significantly higher than female rates in Ireland and other Western countries, yet the process and detail of menÕs suicidal action is relatively unknown. This is partly due to prevailing theoretical and methodological approaches. In this area of study, macro-level, quantitative approaches predominate; and theoretical frameworks tend to adopt unitary notions […]

Primary care support for youth mental health: a preliminary evidence base for Ireland’s Mid-West.


Biochemical toxicology and suicide in Ireland: a laboratory study.


Perceptions Regarding Male Suicide and Preventative Services in Co. Kilkenny

This research set out to identify gaps in services & existing policies in addressing suicide among young rural men in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Data were obtained from interviews with service providers & focus group discussions with 15 young men. Results indicated none of the service providers had a specific focus on the problem of suicide […]

Life Force Project: Final Evaluation Report

The report presents the evaluation findings of the Life Force Project. The aim of the project was to explore the issues for community groups in addressing suicide, parasuicide, & suicidal behaviour among their clients & the wider community. A drama approach was rooted in community development principles & designed to develop life enhancing skills. The […]

The Impact of Widowhood on Irish Mortality due to Suicide and Accidents

The impact of widowhood on suicide & accident mortality in Ireland was investigated using Poisson regression analysis applied to routine data relating to all 10,561 suicidal & accidental deaths of married or widowed persons aged at leat 35 years in Ireland during 1986-2005. Mortality rates were almost always higher among the widowed & often by […]

What did the Royal Almoner do in Britain and Ireland, c.1450-1700?

This article attempts to shed new light on almoners by exploring what they actually did, principally in the enforcement of the law on suicide, their conception of charity in handling the affairs of suicide victims, & the benevolent uses to which they put forfeited assets. While apparently focusing on an “odd man out”, suicide, the […]

Suicide bereavement and coping: a descriptive and interpretive analysis of the coping process


An Overview of Suicide Prevention Strategies: a Case Study of Knocknaheeny, Cork

This paper explores suicide prevention strategies in the area of Knocknaheeny in Cork, Ireland. Data was collected from national & international policies & agency publications. Theories of prevention were explored & prevention strategies which exist in other countries studied. The findings suggested a major awareness of the need for targeted suicide prevention services. Participants all […]