This document provides a description of the numbers and rates of suicide within the UK and the Republic of Ireland (ROI), using the data which is available from the official statistical bodies; it does not provide explanations for the trends in suicide rates within or between nations.
The collation of suicide statistics for the UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and ROI is not routinely provided by any other organisation. There are significant challenges in collating the suicide statistics from across the UK and ROI. There are variations in the calculation methods of suicide rates between the national statistical agencies and differences in the data. This leads to challenges in the collation and analysis of suicide statistics and comparisons across countries. In order to understand and prevent suicide it is very important that suicide data is as accurate and comprehensive as possible. This document also includes some comment on these issues, statistics and the availability of data.