Suicide: key data sources

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) (formerly GROS) compiles the official statistics on suicides (deaths caused by intentional self-harm and events of undetermined intent) in Scotland.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles the suicide data for England and Wales and the UK.

The Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA) collects the suicide data for Northern Ireland.

The Central Statistics Office Ireland compiles the data for the Republic of Ireland.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development compiles data on suicide in member countries.

Note that when analysing suicide data different organisations use different conventions and definitions when calculating suicide rates. In particular, some analyses do not combine deaths by intentional self-harm with deaths of undetermined intent as is done in the statistics presented on these data pages. This distinction is particularly important when comparing data from different countries as differing legal arrangements and social/religious attitudes may lead to different proportions of likely suicides being assigned to these two groups.

More information about comparisons between UK countries can be found on the Suicide: in the UK page, and about international comparisons on the Suicide: international page. 

For further information on the classification of deaths in Scotland see the Overview of key data sources section. 

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