The Suicide Information Database-Wales (SID-Cymru) is exploring factors associated with suicide, a potentially preventable global public health issue.
Anonymously linking health and social care system data records for the same individual across different services and over time has enormous potential in suicide research.
Our database holds information on prior health, nature of previous contacts with services and wider social circumstances of all those who die by suicide (known and unknown to mental health services) in the population of Wales via the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) Databank.
SID-Cymru offers the opportunity to investigate the risk factors and trends for suicide, including:
• primary care diagnosis of depression;
• levels of treatment with antidepressants and trends in such treatment over time;
• rural and urban geography;
• educational attainment;
• levels of physical illness.
It also enables investigation into the settings and pathways of care where people are in contact with services in the year leading up to their suicide.