Kildare's suicide rates remain high

Regional Health Forum

Kildare's suicide rates remain high

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The proportion of suicides in Kildare has risen over the last two years relative to the State figures, according to information presented to the HSE Regional Health Forum recently.

At the July 5 Forum, Kildare representative Cllr Thomas Redmond asked about the number of deaths by suicide in the counties it represented.

Figures for the State as a whole were provided by Gerry Raleigh, Director of the National Office for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Division.

The record showed that an average of 23 deaths a year by suicide were recorded in county Kildare over the 11-year period. This ranged from a low of 18 in 2010 to 27 in 2011.

There were 24 each in 2012 and 2013 with 25 and 23 recorded respectively in 2014 and 2015, the last two years provisional.

On average the number of deaths by suicide in Kildare per 100,000 people over the 11 years was 11.2.

That was the rate in 2013 and subject to the 2014 and 2015 figures being confirmed, the rate was 11.8 in 2014 but dropped to 10.6 in 2015.

The rate for Kildare appears to be higher than for Leinster as a whole.

The average 100,000 rate for the 11 years was 9.8 and this had fallen to 8.9 and 7.9 for 2014 and 2015 respectively.

In 2015, 9.5% of all suicides in Leinster were recorded in Kildare but in 2014 and 2015 this was 11.2% and 11.4% respectively.

Kildare recordings were 5.1% of the State total in 2015 — 451 people — down from an eleven year high of 5.4% in 2014, compared to the average of 4.6%.

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