‘Devastating’ increase in Scotland’s suicide rate
The number of suicides in Scotland increased by 15% last year, according to official figures.
The NHS Information Services Division (ISD) said there were 784 probable suicides in Scotland in 2018 – up from 680 in 2017.
National mental health charity SAMH described the figures as “devastating”.
Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey said the increase was “concerning” – but was in contrast to a fall in the suicide rate over the previous decade.
They also show that men are markedly more likely to take their own lives than women.