If you’ve lost someone you love to suicide, you can:
- find out what to expect while the death is being investigated by a coroner
- get practical and emotional support
The police must report every suspected suicide to the coroner.
If it seems that the person took their own life, there has to be a coroner’s inquiry. Most suicide inquiries are completed in chambers by the coroner (called a hearing on papers), without an inquest. If there is an inquest it will probably be open to the public. Anyone may come, including the media.
Reporting on suicides
Only limited information is allowed to be reported, broadcast or posted on the internet without the coroner’s permission.
The Chief Coroner releases national provisional suicide statistics each year to help suicide prevention efforts and initiatives undertaken by other agencies. The provisional suspected self-inflicted death statistics for the 2020/2021 period are expected to be released in late September.
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