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About the data

Where the data comes from

The data presented in the Suicide Prevention Atlas is drawn from data published in the National Mental Health Dementia and Neurology (NMHDNIN) Suicide Prevention Profile. The Suicide Prevention Profile contains more data and indicators than the Atlas.

Indicators are organised under three categories:

Suicide data

The suicide data shows four indicators on suicide registrations and an indicator showing whether a local authority has a plan reported for all 152 local authorities (counties and unitary authorities) in England.

The suicide registrations data are from the Suicide Prevention Profile and further explanation on how each of the indicators are calculated can be found on the Fingertips profile.

  1. Suicides (persons)
  2. Suicides (males)
  3. Suicides (females)
  4. Suicides (males aged 35-64)
  5. Suicide Prevention Plan

Related Risk Factors

The risk factor data are from the Suicide Prevention Profile and further explanation on how each of the indicators are calculated can be found on the Fingertips profile.

Related Service Contacts

The service contacts data are from the Suicide Prevention Profile and further explanation on how each of the indicators are calculated can be found on the Fingertips profile.

The colour scheme and how to interpret it

We have calculated for each area whether they are statistically significantly different from the national average by comparing the 95% confidence interval for each indicator with the England value. The colours on the map indicate difference. They do not place a value judgement on difference. We have coloured the map as follows:

Benchmarking

In the tool you can compare indicators of one local authority to other similar areas. This benchmarking draws on the index of multiple deprivation and will show other local authorities in the same deprivation decile as the area you have chosen to compare.

Local action

The Suicide Prevention Atlas indicates whether a local authority has a suicide prevention plan in place or in development, or where there is no plan.