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Belfast has highest suicide rate in Northern Ireland

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust area has the highest rate of suicide in Northern Ireland, a new Department of Health study has found.

A wide range of information on the health of people in Northern Ireland has been published as part of the 2018 Public Health NI Fact Sheet.

Information came from the Public Health Information and Research Branch.

Data showed that the Belfast Trust area had a rate of suicide death of 24.7 per 100,000 people between 2015 and 2017. The Northern Trust had the lowest rate of suicide deaths with 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people.

The South Eastern Trust had a suicide rate of 15 per 100,000, the Southern 14.1 and the Western Trust 16.6.

Overall Northern Ireland had a suicide rate of 16.5 deaths per 100,000 people.

The Belfast Trust area also had the highest amounts of admissions for self-harm, according to standardised figures with 181 admissions per 100,000 people between 2013/14 and 17/18.

The South Eastern Trust had the lowest number of admissions for self-harm with 143 people per 100,000. The Northern Trust had 144, the Southern 147 and the Western Trust 155 per 100,000 people.

Northern Ireland's overall admission rate for self-harm was 154 per 100,000 people.

Other parts of the study showed that life expectancy in Northern Ireland remained unchanged from the previous year with 78.5 years for men and 82.3 years for women.

The Belfast council area had the lowest male and female life expectancies at 75.8 years for men and 81 years for women, while the nearby Lisburn and Castlereagh council area had the highest life expectancies at 79.8 years for men and 83.4 years for women.

Northern Ireland's under-17 teenage birth date was 1.3 births per 1,000 people in 2017.

In 2017/18 there were 24 admissions to hospital per 100 people, while 18% of people admitted to smoking and 77% to drinking alcohol.

If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this story contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 or visit their website.

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