Suicide Rates for the first three quarters

To ask the Minister for Health and Children the numbers of suicides in the first three quarters of 2009 and the corresponding figures for 2008. – Dan Neville.

REPLY.

Data on mortality is compiled by the Central Statistics Office and published in the Annual and Quarterly Reports on Vital Statistics. The number of suicides in the first three quarters of 2008 and 2009 are shown in the table below:

Suicide Figures by Quarter Year Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3

2008 75 95 109

2009 106 122 126

Note: 2008 and 2009 figures are by year of registration and are provisional.

The provisional figures presented for the 1st three Quarters of 2009 show an increase on the figures for the same period in 2008. However, the figures for 2008 were lower than previous years. Caution should be exercised in comparing the 2009 statistics with 2007 or 2008 as these figures are also provisional and will be subject to change following the outcome of Coroners’ inquests.