Higher rates of self-harm in Limerick

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distressed-woman LIMERICK city recorded one of the highest rates of self-harm in the country, according to a report from the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF).

The rate of self-harm among males in Limerick was 87 per cent higher than the national average, while the female rate was 76 per cent higher. The national average of male self-harm is 185 per 100,000 population, while the average female rate is 216 per 100,000.

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The NRSF report found that there was a 44 per cent increase in the rate of self-harm among boys aged ten to 14 and that areas associated with deprivation and disadvantage have higher rates of self-harm.

Limerick city also had one of the highest rates of suicide in Ireland, according to provisional figures for 2013 and 2014.