Written Answers. - Suicide Statistics.

505.

asked the Minister for Health if he has any evidence to support the view that the number of suicides has increased in recent years; and if he will give a detailed breakdown on the sex and age group of suicide cases in the past 20 years.

The following table sets out the numbers of deaths attributed to suicide and self inflicted injury broken down by age group and sex for the years 1963 to 1982. While there has been a significant increase in these numbers over this period it is not clear to what extent this is due to an improvement in the reporting of such deaths as suicides.

Year

Sex

Age

Total

Total for both sexes

0-14

15-24

25-34

35-44

45-54

55-64

65-74

75 and over

1963

Male

1

8

9

7

17

8

3

53

Female

4

2

3

3

4

1

17

70

1964

Male

1

10

7

7

11

9

3

48

Female

2

2

3

1

2

10

58

1965

Male

2

4

10

10

8

7

3

44

Female

2

4

1

7

51

1966

Male

2

6

4

10

10

16

4

52

Female

2

2

1

2

6

4

17

69

1967

Male

5

5

7

11

14

9

3

54

Female

1

3

3

4

3

3

1

18

72

1968

Male

5

8

12

10

12

7

2

56

Female

3

2

2

4

3

1

15

71

1969

Male

1

2

9

9

8

7

2

38

Female

1

2

7

3

1

14

52

1970

Male

8

5

7

5

13

5

2

45

Female

1

3

1

2

7

52

1971

Male

7

10

18

6

11

6

1

59

Female

5

3

7

3

3

1

22

81

1972

Male

6

13

6

15

15

8

3

66

Female

1

3

4

9

5

1

1

24

90

1973

Male

10

10

13

10

17

11

5

76

Female

5

3

4

8

3

5

1

29

105

1974

Male

14

20

15

15

17

7

4

92

Female

3

4

7

3

6

2

1

26

118

1975

Male

22

20

19

13

20

10

104

Female

3

12

6

9

9

3

2

44

148

1976

Male

26

18

22

18

20

17

8

129

Female

8

4

12

8

12

9

1

54

183

1977

Male

1

16

29

10

18

11

11

2

98

Female

6

10

13

9

9

5

1

53

151

1978

Male

1

18

26

18

18

18

2

5

106

Female

7

13

5

12

13

6

1

57

163

1979

Male

1

29

33

17

15

19

28

3

145

Female

5

10

7

7

11

2

6

48

193

1980

Male

2

17

26

32

28

22

14

2

143

Female

1

10

13

11

13

16

6

3

73

216

1981*

Male

29

32

33

26

22

12

4

158

Female

5

10

11

13

14

8

1

62

220

1982*

Male

1

26

39

26

19

26

15

5

157

Female

7

8

16

11

14

5

2

63

220

*Provisional figures.