Report: Wexford among highest in suicide rates.

Recently-released figures by the The National Office for Suicide Prevention show that County Wexford had the third highest rate of suicide between 2011 and 2013.

The NOSP’s annual report shows that Wexford had 19.4 deaths per 100,000 people, which puts it well above the national average of 11.4.

The places with the highest rates of suicide in Ireland were shown to be Limerick City (21.1), County Kerry (19.7), County Wexford (19.4) and Cork City (16).

Provisional data shows that suicide rates in Ireland had risen from 2007 onward, just as the economic downturn came into effect. The number of suicides in Ireland peaked in 2011, before decreasing between 2012 and 2014.

The report also shows that males accounted for 80% of deaths by suicide in Ireland.