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Almost as many suicide deaths as Troubles killings

Seventy-seven per cent of the deaths by suicide were men.

Seventy-seven per cent of the deaths by suicide were men.

Almost as many people have died by suicide in Northern Ireland in the past 15 years, as were killed during the course of the Troubles, an investigation has uncovered.

It is estimated around 3,600 people were killed between 1969 and 1997.

The Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998, and the number of people who have died by suicide between then and 2012 is 3,288.

The investigation, by the Detail investigative news website, showed that in the last 10 years the suicide rate per 100,000 of the population in Northern Ireland has increased from 10.8 in 2002 to 15.2 in 2012.

Deaths from suicide were almost double the number of people (1,825) who died in road traffic collisions during the same 15 year period.

Of those who died from suicide, 77% were men.

Read the full investigation here.

 

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