The extensive literature on the area-level association between socioeconomic characteristics and suicide indicates that the more deprived and socially fragmented an area, the higher its suicide rate. Relatively few studies have examined the association between the incidence of non-fatal suicidal behaviour and area characteristics. The highest rates of hospital-treated deliberate self-harm in Ireland are in deprived urban areas. Priority should be given to these areas when implementing community-based interventions aimed at reducing suicidal behaviour.
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