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Suicide, attempted suicide and prevention in Ireland and elsewhere

This report presents a historical review of suicide, its frequency, the societal attitudes that shape the response to it and the consequences of this in legal and administrative terms. 

The report reviews available data on suicide and deliberate self-harm in Ireland over an extended time frame and attempts to establish temporal trends. It also reviews the mechanisms of data acquisition and the quality of data. A broad and brief review of the feasibility of suicide prevention follows and the utility of intervention processes in preventing self-harm recurrence is briefly discussed.

A full copy of the report is available in the publications section of the HRB website at