Irish Probable Suicide Deaths Study

The Irish Probable Suicide Deaths Study presents information on probable suicide deaths in Ireland, for a four year period, from 2015 to 2018.  The aims of the study were to: improve understanding of the characteristics of people who have died by probable suicide; identify risk factors for probable suicide; and inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of suicide prevention measures.  In Ireland, the current legal test for a Coroner’s verdict of suicide includes a requirement that the self-killing and intention are proved ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’.  However, this study also includes additional deaths that are ‘more likely than not’ to have been death by suicide - that is, on the ‘balance of probabilities’.  Thus, this study has captured, analysed and presented more deaths than are typically included in official suicide statistics in Ireland.  It also provides much more in-depth information on the characteristics of the people who have died.  As 76% of the probable suicide deaths were men, this report will be of interest to anyone who works in this field.  Find out more at:

Report on Healthy Ireland Survey 2022

The Healthy Ireland Survey is an interviewer-administered survey of the health and health behaviours of people living in the Republic of Ireland.  It is commissioned by the Department of Health.  This is an annual survey; conducted with a representative sample of the population aged 15 and older living in Ireland.  The sample size is typically in the region of over 7,500 people.  The main findings of the 2022 Healthy Ireland Survey are summarised at:

AfterWords - A Survey of People Bereaved by Suicide in Ireland

This survey (by the National Suicide Research Foundation and HUGG) explored - for the first time in Ireland - the experience of those in our community who have known someone who has died by suicide, including family members, friends, work colleagues and professionals.  The findings provide invaluable insight into people bereaved and affected by suicide, the impact on their lives, the support received following their loss, and the specific challenges unique to suicide bereavement.  Download the report at: