2016 National Self-Harm Registry Ireland Annual Report

On Wednesday 27th September 2017, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly launched the 2016 annual report from the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland at an event in Dublin, in conjunction with the launch of the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention’s 2016 annual report.

In 2016, the National-Self Harm Registry Ireland recorded 11,485 presentations to hospital due to self-harm nationally, involving 8,909 persons. The rate of individuals presenting to hospital following self-harm was 206 per 100,000 – essentially unchanged from that in 2015. Between 2011 and 2013 there were successive decreases in the self-harm rate. An essentially unchanged rate in 2016 indicates a further stabilisation of the rate of self-harm in Ireland since 2013. However, the rate in 2016 was still 10% higher than in 2007 – 14% for males and 7% for females. The findings from the Registry continue to highlight groups at risk for self-harm and suicide.

The 2016 Registry outcomes underline an on-going need for prevention and intervention programmes to be implemented at national level. Increased and continued support should be provided for evidence-based prevention and mental health promotion programmes in line with relevant strategic goals and actions in Connecting for Life, 2015-2020.
In 2016/17, there were two publications from the Registry on the involvement of alcohol in self-harm presentations to hospital. Both papers can be accessed here: – http://tinyurl.com/lubsa2p ; http://tinyurl.com/y9m6gudv

Dr Eve Griffin, Manager, National-Self-Harm Registry Ireland, National Suicide Research Foundation states that: “The emerging findings in relation to the role of alcohol in presentations to hospital following self-harm underline the need for national activities, such as the implementation of the Public Health Alcohol Bill, to increase awareness about the risks involved in the misuse of alcohol and to reduce alcohol-related harm.”

Professor Ella Arensman, Scientific Director, National Suicide Research Foundation and Research Professor, School of Public Health states that: “The Registry identified that in recent years, an increasing number of people presenting to hospital following self-harm have received a mental health assessment. However, due to the high risk of subsequent repeated self-harm and suicide following an act of self-harm, implementation of enhanced self-harm assessment and management procedures should be an ongoing priority”.

Professor Ivan Perry, Director of the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland and School of Public Health, UCC, states that: “The Registry has provided important and practically useful information on the occurrence of self-harm in the community for over a decade. It has been an important resource in developing the strategic goals and actions in Connecting for Life and will monitor the progress and examine the impact of these actions.”

Dr Paul Corcoran, Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation, states that: “The Registry reports on referrals for patients who are discharged from the emergency department following a self-harm presentation. Obtaining information on subsequent care pathways for self-harm patients should be prioritised in order to better assess their outcomes.”

The National Self-Harm Registry Ireland is operated by the National Suicide Research Foundation and is funded by the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention.

The NSHRI 2016 report can be accessed here: http://tinyurl.com/yd6b9qyd .

Postal copies are available by contacting Niall McTernan at niall.mcternan@ucc.ie or by phone on 0214205548.

The NOSP 2016 annual report is available at this link: http://tinyurl.com/ycgp74zt