Press Release

Minister O´Malley launches the first Annual Report of the National Parasuicide Registry

Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (8 October, 2002) launched the first Annual Report of the National Parasuicide Registry in Cork.

The National Parasuicide Registry is a national system of population monitoring for the occurrence of parasuicide. The work of the Registry provides information on the general characteristics of people who attempt suicide. It provides a better knowledge of suicidal behaviour and specifies trends in parasuicide over time and in the different regions of the country.

“The analysis of this general information will be useful in the development of policies and the implementation of measures aimed at preventing suicide” the Minister said.

In his address, the Minister referred to the fact that suicide has become a serious social problem, not only in Ireland but worldwide. Figures published recently by the Central Statistics Office indicate that there were 448 deaths from suicide in 2001. He said “These figures are disappointing in that they indicate an increase of 35 on the 2000 figure. This increase however, highlights the need to intensify our efforts and to put additional resources in place for suicide research and suicide prevention programmes.”

The Minister noted that almost €5m in total was provided over the years 1999 – 2001 for suicide prevention activities following the publication of the Report of the Task Force on Suicide. This year an additional €1.11m is being provided for suicide prevention programmes in the health boards and towards research aimed at improving our understanding of suicide and parasuicide. “This Registry is very useful in the process of allocating resources. It helps identify groups which are particularly vulnerable and will assist health boards to evaluate the impact of the preventative and clinical services being provided” said the Minister.

The Minister thanked the National Suicide Research Foundation for the hard work, effort and dedication involved in undertaking this research and wished them continued success in their work.