Positive Steps Forward in Suicide Prevention

Suicides in Northern Ireland – did you know?

  • Northern Ireland has a population of approximately 1.8 million (Office for National Statistics, 2012)
  • In 2015 there were 318 deaths registered as suicide in Northern Ireland (see NICVA, July 2016), compared to 268 registrations in 2014 (Registrar General Annual Report 2014). This report is available via the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website and more information can be found on P. 42 of the report.
  • During the period 1999 to 2009, a total of 2,258 deaths were registered as suicide (source: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency).
  • According to NICVA, of the suicides registered in 2015, 245 were male and 132 were aged between 15 and 34 years old.
  • Suicide doesn’t just affect the younger generations, in terms of Northern Ireland, of the deaths registered as suicide in 2015, 5 people were aged 75 or older (NICVA, July 2016).
  • Protect Life: A Shared Vision is the Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy & Action Plan (2012 – March 2014). Click here for more information.
  • The number of deaths registered as suicide in 2005 was 213, in 2006 it was 291, in 2007 it was 242, in 2008 it was 282, in 2009 it was 260, in 2010 it was 313, in 2011 it was 289, in 2012 it was 278 and in 2013 the number of deaths registered as suicide was 303 (source: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency).

Statistics for the years 1999 – 2003 showed:

  • More males die as a result of suicide than in transport accidents
  • More males die through suicide than as a result of either accidental falls or poisoning
  • More females die as a result of suicide than in transport accidents but fewer die as a result of suicide than from other external causes and accidental falls
  • Suicide rates tended to be higher in urban than in rural areas

Unless otherwise stated, the above information was sourced from the Suicide Prevention Strategy Consultation documents.

Websites and points of contact

Note: The links are provided as a convenience only and should not be taken as an endorsement of any website, content, product or service. Visits to linked websites are at your own risk. 

www.heads-away-just-say.com: bereavement, relationship problems, depression, self-harm, peer pressure, bullying, school pressure, sex, alcohol, drugs and problems at home can be some of the difficulties young people and teenagers experience. This website suggests advice and help for dealing with such issues and provides contact details for many relevant organisations in Northern Ireland.

www.heademotionalwellbeing.com: We are all vulnerable to emotional and mental distress, with at least 1 in 4 of us experiencing such distress at some time in our lives. We can all improve our emotional wellbeing, understand it better, nurture and look after it. How do you view mental health? What are the myths and truths? We all need to change our thinking and more importantly our behaviour. This website can help.

www.help4kids.co.uk: This web site was conceived by the Northern Board to assist children, young people, their parents and professionals. It contains details and information on many (not all) of the services which exist to support children and young people with emotional or mental health issues.

www.lifelinehelpline.info:: Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. Calls to Lifeline are FREE to people living in Northern Ireland who are calling from UK landlines and mobiles.

www.mindingyourhead.info: from The Health Promotion Agency in Northern Ireland, this website contains information relevant to young people, adults, older people and professionals. The website has a Directory of Services relevant to Northern Ireland 

www.samaritans.org.uk: Samaritans offer 24-hour support for people in distress or despair, including those feeling suicidal. They have branches all over the UK and Ireland and most branches are able to offer services via telephone, email, letter and face to face

Need someone to talk to? Call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000

Supporting suicide prevention in Northern Ireland