FAQs

When was the NSRF established?

The National Suicide Research Foundation was established in 1994 by Dr. Michael Kelleher, at the request of the then Minister for Health, Brendan Howlin TD.
The brief was to conduct research into suicide and suicidal behaviour due to concerns regarding the accuracy of Irish suicide statistics and lack of knowledge of the extent of suicidal behaviour in the country.

Who is the NSRF funded by?

The NSRF is funded primarily by the Health Service Executive’s National Office for Suicide Prevention. Current and ongoing NSRF research projects and collaborations are in receipt of funding from various organisations and funding bodies including the Health Research Board, EU Horizon 2020, the World Health Organisation and the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland.

Where can I find information regarding cases of suicide in Northern Ireland?

Please visit: NISRA

Where can I get a breakdown of information regarding suicides in Ireland?

Please visit: The Central Statistics Office

I need help. What will I do?

Please visit the Finding Help section of our website.

If it is an emergency, please go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department.

When do the NSRF Information Evenings take place?

Throughout the year, the NSRF hosts information sessions, presentations, masterclasses and workshops for those interested in the areas of mental health, self-harm and suicide. Our most recent two events have been hosted online via Zoom and were attended by a large number of national and international delegates.

To find out when the next Information Event is, keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages or you can sign up to receive our newsletter. Contact info@nsrf.ie with your details.

Why does the Suicide Support and Information System (SSIS) only cover Cork City and County?

The SSIS has not been rolled out on a national level due to a lack of funding. We are hoping that the SSIS will be rolled out nationally in the future.

Why are last year’s figures for suicide rates in Ireland not yet available?

In Ireland, national suicide statistics are provided by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). However, the suicide figures (‘year of occurrence figures’) are usually published with a delay of 2 years or longer.

How do I find about the current National Suicide Prevention Strategy in Ireland?

Connecting for Life is founded on the suicide prevention work that has taken place in Ireland over the past ten years as part of Reach Out, the Government’s previous strategy to reduce suicide.

To view the full report, click here.