National Self-Harm Registry Ireland

What is the Registry?

The National Self-Harm Registry Ireland (NSHRI) is a national system of population monitoring for the occurrence of hospital-treated self-harm. It was established, at the request of the Department of Health and Children, by the National Suicide Research Foundation.

It is funded by the Health Service Executive’s National Office for Suicide Prevention.

The registry collects data on persons presenting to hospital emergency departments as a result of self-harm in the Republic of Ireland. The Registry had near complete coverage of the country’s hospitals for the period 2002-2005 and, since 2006, all general hospital and paediatric hospital emergency departments in the Republic of Ireland have contributed data to the Registry.

What are the aims of the NSHRI?

  • To establish the extent and nature of hospital-treated deliberate self harm in Ireland.
  • To monitor trends over time and also by area.
  • To contribute to policy and development in the area of suicidal behaviour.
  • To help the progress of research and prevention.

What does the NSHRI do?

The Registry collects data based on persons presenting to hospital emergency departments as a result of an episode of  self-harm, as defined by the Registry.

How many emergency departments are included?

As of 2006, the Registry has obtained full coverage of all general and paediatric hospital emergency departments in the Republic of Ireland.


Registry Team

Caroline Daly
PhD Candidate, Research Officer IASP
Caroline began her work in the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) in 2009 following a BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion from University College Cork (UCC). Over the years Read More
Dr Mary Joyce
Manager NSHRI/Senior Post-doctoral Researcher
Dr Mary Joyce is manager of the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland and a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Suicide Research Foundation. Mary graduated with a PhD in Applied Psychology Read More
Niall McTernan
Data Manager/Senior Research Officer, NSHRI
Niall joined the National Suicide Research Foundation in September 2015 and his primary role is the management and collation of data for the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland. It is also Read More
Sarah Nicholson (O’Meara)
Data Protection Officer/ Quality Manager/ Research Officer

Data Registration Officers

Data Registration officers (DRO’s) are responsible for collecting the data that forms the basis of the Registry reports. Please click here to see a list of all the Registry DRO’s.


Annual Reports

National Self-Harm Registry Ireland Annual Report 2018

National Self-Harm Registry Ireland Interim Report Jan-Jun 2018

National Self-Harm Registry Ireland Report 2017

National Self-Harm Registry Ireland Report 2016

National Self-Harm Registry Ireland Report 2015

National Self-Harm Registry Ireland Report 2014

National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm Report 2013

National Registry of Deliberate Self-Harm Report 2012



2018 infographic


Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Self-Harm Data Reports 2018

CHO Area 1 2018

CHO Area 2 2018

CHO Area 3 2018

CHO Area 4 2018

CHO Area 5 2018

CHO Area 6 2018

CHO Area 7 2018

CHO Area 8 2018

CHO Area 9 2018


Registry Leaflet

Registry Leaflet 2019


Evidence Briefs

Self-harm among the Homeless Population in Ireland




Method of self-harm and risk of self-harm repetition: findings from a national self-harm registry           


Increasing rates of self-harm among children, adolescents and young adults: a 10-year national registry study 2007–2016

Acute hospital reconfiguration and self-harm presentations: a before-and-after study

Self-harm among the homeless population in Ireland: A national registry based study of incidence and associated factors

Frequently used drug types and alcohol involvement in intentional drug overdoses in Ireland: a national registry study

Recommended next care following hospital treated self-harm: Patterns and trends overtime  


Intentional Drug Overdose Involving Pregabalin and Gabapentin: Findings from the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland, 2007–2015

Alchol Involement in Suicide and Self-Harm: Findings From Two Innovative Surveillance Systems

The involvement of alcohol in hospital-treated self-harm and associated factors: findings from two national registries


Risk of repeated self-harm and associated factors in children, adolescents and young adults

Variation between hospitals in inpatient admission practices for self-harm patients and its impact on repeat presentation


Impact of the economic recession and subsequent austerity on suicide and self-harm in Ireland: An interrupted time series analysis

Hospital-Treated Deliberate Self-Harm in the Western Area of Northern Ireland


Characteristics of hospital-treated intentional drug overdose in Ireland and Northern Ireland

The iceberg of suicide and self-harm in Irish adolescents: a population-based study


Severity of hospital-treated self-cutting and risk of future self-harm: a national registry study

Psychotropic medication involved in intentional drug overdose: implications for treatment

Factors associated with self-cutting as a method of self-harm: Findings from the Irish National Registry of Deliberate Self-Harm


The Incidence and Repetition of Hospital-Treated Deliberate Self Harm: Findings from the World’s First National Registry


Suicide and deliberate self harm in older Irish adults


The area-level association between hospital-treated deliberate self-harm, deprivation and social fragmentation in Ireland


Registry Data Protection Policy