Suicide rate increased in Leitrim last year

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Suicide rate increased in Leitrim last year

Suicide rate increased in Leitrim last year

The rate of suicide in Leitrim increased last year in the county in comparison with 2016 figures.
Five people are registered as having died by suicide in Leitrim in 2017, four were male and one female.


The CSO has released that this puts the rate of suicide (based on 100,000 population) in the county at 15.4, the third highest in Ireland. Monaghan had the highest rate of suicide with 19.2 and Cork City followed it with18.


The rate of suicide in the county in 2016 and 2012 was 9.3 and 9.4.
The figures sadly show there was more than one suicide a day in Ireland on average last year with 392 recorded suicides.

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That figure was down slightly from the 399 recorded in 2016.
Nationally cancers and heart disease accounted for more than 60% of deaths, in Leitrim the largest number of deaths recorded were diseases of the circulatory system.
There were no infant or neonatal mortalities registered to Leitrim. 263 deaths were registered to the county in 2017.


County Leitrim had the lowest number of registered births in the country according to new figures from the CSO with just 408 babies born in the county.
This is the second year in a row the figure was the lowest in Ireland.
Nationally the majority of mothers giving birth were aged between 30-34.
The number of teenagers giving birth fell slightly between 2016 and 2017, from 1,098 to 1,041.
Conversely, 309 mothers were aged 45 or older.


Women aged 15-49 are having an average of 1.8 children each, which is the second-highest birth rate in Europe after France, but 2.1 is considered the level at which the population would replace itself in the longer term.


More than one-third of Irish babies (23,340 or 37.6%) were born outside of marriage/ civil partnerships, and of these 58.9% were to co-habiting parents.
The figures show 62,053 babies were born and 30,484 deaths were registered.
There were 22,021 marriages registered nationally in 2017, of which 759 were same-sex.


There were no civil partnerships registered in Leitrim in 2017 compared to seven in 2016.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this report, you can contact; STOP Suicide 1850 211 877 / 0867772009, The Samaritans 116123, Console 1800247247 or Pieta House 1800 247 247.