Suicide Information & Reports

Suicide in Ireland – Everybody’s Problem

On March 2nd, 2005, the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, hosted a one-day Forum of individuals, groups and organisations furthering suicide prevention in Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin, as an expression of her personal concern for this problem in Ireland and her continuing commitment to moving closer to the real experiences of the community. The purpose of the day was to acknowledge the importance of the significant work being undertaken by many diverse individuals and agencies, and to offer a meeting place where they might explore together how their efforts could be integrated and co-ordinated.

Suicide by Drowning in Ireland

Over 400 persons commit suicide annually in Ireland out of which about 100 drown themselves. The causes of suicide are multi-factorial with mental illness and alcohol consumption major influences. Many suicides occur immediately after binge drinking sessions. One-third of all female and one-fifth of all male Irish suicide victims choose to drown themselves. There are a number of common features to suicide by drowning events including week-end nights, bridges over rivers, prior binge drinking and males between 15 and 35 years.

Suicide Among the Irish Traveller Community 2000-2006

The author has kept a nationwide annual account of suicide among Travellers in Ireland from 2000-2006. It is the first research that has been carried out with the purpose of documenting the incidence of suicide among Travellers. It is unique in that it covers the whole Traveller population over a seven year period, and information has been gathered regarding the family circumstances and underlying issues concerning the subjects of the research. The sources of data include Local Authority social workers for Travellers, the Department of Environment and Local Government annual statistics of the National Traveller population and CSO data.

Schizophrenia Ireland Suicide Prevention Through Information and Counselling

The purpose of SI’s Life Hope project is to increase awareness about suicide, its relationship with severe mental illness, its prevention, and to offer enhanced counselling services for both relatives and persons with self-experience as a means of prevention. It is SI’s view that the best prevention of suicide is the social and emotional support given to people with schizophrenia, offering them hope that life will improve.

Suicide Prevention for Mental Healthcare Service Users

This document entitled Supporting Life: Suicide Prevention for Mental Healthcare Service Users is the second occasional paper from Schizophrenia Ireland. We have chosen the issue of suicide prevention for this year’s Lucia Week, the national schizophrenia awareness week, in an effort to better address the needs of those accessing mental healthcare services.

Patients Not Prisoners

On 30th January 2008, Schizophrenia Ireland in conjunction with the Central Mental Hospital Carers’ Group and supported by the Irish Mental Health Coalition, held a round table seminar at the Mansion House, Dublin to discuss the Government’s controversial decision to relocate the present Central Mental Hospital. The decision would see the Central Mental Hospital moved from Dundrum to Thornton Hall in North County Dublin. The proposal is that the hospital would be located adjacent to the new super prison site there.