27 Jun 2019

‘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.

The new ISD figures highlight that the rate of suicide is three times higher in the most deprived areas of Scotland. Read More

They also show that men are markedly more likely to take their own lives than women.

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