Figures show increase in suicide among women, overall rate down


Less than 400 people died by suicide in Ireland in 2016, the lowest rates in more than 20 years.

However, while overall levels are down, figures from the National Self-Harm Registry have shown that there was an increase of 6.2 per cent in suicide rates among Irish women, with the biggest rise seen in women over the age of 35.

Rates among men have dropped by 15.2 per cent overall, however, a slight increase was noted in 55-64 year old males.

Figures supplied to the HSE also revealed that the rate of suicide among Irish teenagers is below the European average.

This is in contrast to a recent report that suggested Ireland had the fourth highest rate of teen suicide in the EU region, but according to HSE chief, Tony O'Brien, it is “important to note that this data related to 2010.”

Speaking about the overall 11.5 per cent drop, HSE director for mental health, Anne O'Connor, suggested it was the result of  “a more positive conversation” around the issue.