Year: 1998 Source: Irish Medical Journal, v.91,no.2, (March/April 1998), p.53, 56 SIEC No: 19981136

This paper examines variations in suicide in the 8 Health Boards of the Republic of Ireland for the years 1976-95. An increase in male suicides was less pronounced in the Eastern Health Board. Since the mid-eighties, female rates have been somewhat higher in the southern half of the country. This may reflect a difficulty with contacting services for psychological distress in rural areas. Data point to the need for more acceptable & accessible services, especially in rural areas. (11 refs.)