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Murphy, O C and Kelleher, Cecily and Malone, Kevin (2015) Demographic trends in suicide in the UK and Ireland 1980–2010. Irish Journal of Medical Science , 184 , (1) , pp. 227-235.

Background
Ireland has the 17th highest suicide rate in the EU and the 4th highest among 15–24-year-old males (WHO 2012). Suicide is the leading cause of death in this age group; death by hanging accounted for 69 % of suicides in 2010.

Methods
This study examines youth suicide rates from 1980 to 2010 in Ireland and compares them to the rates in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Irish data were obtained from the Central Statistics Office and their annual reports on Vital Statistics. Northern Irish data were obtained from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website; Scottish data were from the General Register Office for Scotland and English/Welsh data from the Office for National Statistics website.

Results
There has been a threefold increase in young male suicide in Ireland over the past three decades (8.9–29.7 per 100,000). In contrast, there has been approximately a threefold reduction in deaths by road traffic accidents in young men in the same period (42.7–16.2 per 100,000). Suicide rates in young men are similar in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the same period but are 50 % lower in England and Wales. Despite the rates of hanging as a method of suicide increasing in all jurisdictions, the overall rate in England and Wales has continued to decline.

Conclusion
The suicide rate in Ireland remains very high and strategies to address this are urgently required. Our study indicates that national suicide prevention strategies can be effective.


Item Type:Article
Date:2015
Page Range:pp. 227-235
Publisher:Springer
Volume:184
Number:1
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Accession Number:HRB (Available)
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Suicide prevention
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > self-destructive behaviour > suicidal behaviour / suicide
B Substances > Alcohol

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