What is Self-Harm?


“An act with non-fatal outcome in which an individual deliberately initiates a non-habitual behaviour, that without intervention from others will cause self-harm, or deliberately ingests a substance in excess of the prescribed or generally recognised therapeutic dosage, and which is aimed at realising changes that the person desires via the actual or expected physical consequences.”

– World Health Organisation (WHO)

What are the rates of self-harm in Ireland?

Self-harm in Ireland showed significant increases particularly between the years 2007-2010.

Our most recent data, from 2017, shows that there were 11,600 presentations to emergency departments between January 1st and December 31st 2017.

The National Self-Harm Registry Ireland is a national system of population monitoring for the occurrence of self-harm, taking data from every Emergency Department in the Republic of Ireland.

Access Prof Arensman’s booklet on Understanding Suicide and Self-Harm here.