Death by Suicide: A Report Based on the Northern Ireland Coroner’s Database
Funded by HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency Why did we start? Potentially new information, especially relating to the characteristics of those who had died by suicide was made available through the Coroner’s Office. The information made available to us covered deaths that occurred in the years 2005 to the end of 2011. What did we do? First we addressed the descriptive characteristics associated with this group of individuals. These descriptive characteristics included information relating to (1) means by which the death occurred (2) gender, age and employment status of the person (3) prior attempts (4) alcohol and prescription use around time of death (5) adverse events (6) use of health services and (7) mental and physical health problems. Second we examined area level residential location in terms of Local Government Districts, and Wards within Northern Ireland. To address this area level of analysis, standardised mortality ratios (SMRs) were used.