Irish coroners under-reporting suicide as stigma still remains

Suicide retains stigma in Ireland

“In other countries, such as Scotland, undetermined deaths are recorded with suicide figures, which I think gives a much more accurate reflection," added Neville.

"The stigma surrounding suicide has changed, but it has a massive way to go. The stigma that is there is not assisting the public discussion into why we have so many suicides in this country.”

While some are calling for a set of standards to be placed upon coroners in reporting of death verdicts, the Coroners Act 1962 prevents it.

A spokesperson for the Minister of Justice said "Given the independence of coroners, as provided for by the Coroners Act 1962, the development of standard operating procedures for coroners would not be appropriate."

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