Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2008

Published online: 
02 December 2010


This annual statistical publication presents and summarises suicide information received from the New Zealand Mortality Collection, and admissions to hospital for intentional self-harm sourced from the New Zealand National Minimum Dataset.

Key facts from the publication are:

  • There were 497 deaths from suicide and 2465 hospitalisations (excluding where the patient was discharged from the emergency department and stayed less than 48 hours) for intentional self-harm in 2008.
  • The suicide rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population, although slightly higher than in 2007, is significantly lower (by 25.6 percent) since the peak rate in 1998.
  • Intentional self-harm hospitalisations have declined significantly (by 32.2 percent) since 1996.
  • Male suicide rates were almost three times the female suicide rates in 2008, and female hospitalisations involving intentional self-harm were almost twice those for males.
  • The Māori suicide rate (13.3 per 100,000 Māori population) in 2008 was higher than the non-Māori suicide rate (10.6 per 100,000 population), but the difference was not statistically significant.
  • Suicide rates for those in the most deprived socioeconomic quintile (quintile 5) were significantly higher than for those in quintile 1.
  • In 2008, the rate of suicide amongst youth (aged 15-24) decreased by 35.4 percent since the peak in 1995. However, the female youth suicide rate of 11.1 per 100,000 population was the highest since 1999.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 December 2010
  • Hardcopy date of publication:
    02 December 2010
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-37410-0 (print), 978-0-478-37411-7 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2010. Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2008. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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