Hertfordshire suicide audit
The suicide audit aims to give a view of deaths by suicide within Hertfordshire compared to the rest of the UK. This information can be used to inform the suicide prevention strategy and planned actions. The most recent suicide audit for Hertfordshire is now available in the following link: Suicide Audit 2019 - 2021 (hertshealthevidence.org)
- This suicide audit for Hertfordshire is the second to include three years of data.
- It provides an overview of deaths in Hertfordshire given a Coroner’s conclusion of suicides at inquests held between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2021.
- The audit uses information from files held by the coroner service and has been carried out to a robust and repeatable methodology introduced in 2017.
- 203 deaths are included in the audit, with most deaths occurring in 2019 (39.4%) and 2020 (27.6%).
- 101 coroners inquests had a conclusion of suicide in 2019, 62 in 2020, and 40 in 2021. The Coroners Court closed for parts of 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in fewer inquests taking place in these years. The lower number of inquests with a conclusion of suicides in 2020 and 2021 should not be interpreted as a reduction in the number of suicides but rather is likely reflective of the lower number of inquests occurring in 2020 and 2021.
Queries may be directed to: SuicidePreventionHerts@hertfordshire.gov.uk
The latest suicide data for the UK.
The Suicide Prevention Profile helps develop understanding at a local level and support an intelligence driven approach to suicide prevention.