Deaths by suicide in Cork reach their highest levels since 2012

Deaths by suicide in Cork reach their highest levels since 2012

More than 50 of the 70 deaths by suicide in Cork were males, while 18 were females.

Seventy people died in Cork in 2016 as a result of suicide as both the city and county recorded their highest figures for six years.

There were 437 deaths due to intentional self-harm in 2016, 350 (or 80.1%) males and 87 (or 19.9%) females, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The latest figures show that Cork county recorded its highest rate of deaths by suicide (46) since 2011 when the figure was 62.

A further 24 were recorded in Cork city, the highest since 2012.

More than 50 of the 70 deaths by suicide in Cork were males, while 18 were females.

Forty-six of these deaths occurred in Cork county, the highest rate in Ireland in 2016.

Meanwhile, events of undetermined intent accounted for an additional 33 deaths in 2016, including nine in Cork city and county.

There were 30,667 deaths in Ireland in 2016, an increase of 540 on the 2015 figure.

Over 1.4% (437) of all deaths were due to suicide in 2016, 80.1% (350) of which were male, according to CSO figures.

Cork city also recorded the highest age-standardised death rate for external causes of injury and poisoning, 0.59 per 1,000 of population.

The number of deaths from external causes of injury and poisoning occurring in 2016 was 1,323, of which 940 were males and 383 females.

Accidents accounted for 61.6% of all external causes of injury and poisoning, while intentional self-harm accounted for a further 33.0%.

Events of undetermined intent accounted for 2.5%, while deaths due to assaults accounted for 1.7%.

Complications of medical and surgical care and sequelae of external causes of morbidity and mortality accounted for the remaining 1.2%.

Anyone affected by such issues can contact Samaritan on 116 123 or Pieta House 1800 247247.

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