August 14, 2022

The NUMBER of possible suicides reported in Scotland has dropped to its lowest degree since 2017 final 12 months, based on new statistics launched this morning.

Nevertheless, a report from the Nationwide Archives of Scotland additionally confirmed that Scotland nonetheless had the very best suicide fee of any nation within the UK.

In 2020 – the final 12 months to have comparable figures for all 4 international locations – there have been 14.8 deaths per 100,000 folks, in comparison with 13.3 in Northern Eire and 10.3 in Wales and 10 in England.

Final 12 months, 753 folks in Scotland dedicated suicide, up from 805.

This lower is because of a major discount within the variety of ladies who dedicated suicide, by 42, which is about 18 per cent.

Nevertheless, the report additionally confirmed that the hole between the poorest and least poor areas of the nation persists, with suicide charges greater than 3 times increased within the poorest areas of Scotland.

Three-quarters of the 565 who died have been males.

Though there was a drop in most age teams, the numbers present that the incidence fee amongst 45-64 12 months olds has remained pretty steady over time, with 200 deaths final 12 months in comparison with 209 the 12 months earlier than.

The figures additionally present that the speed was increased than the Scottish common within the Highland, Dundee Metropolis, East Ayrshire and Glasgow Metropolis Council areas.

Responding to the statistics, Psychological Welfare Secretary Kevin Stewart stated: “Each suicide demise is a tragedy for the family members left behind, and whereas the variety of deaths has declined in recent times, I stay dedicated to lowering suicide and supporting those that died”. who suffered from this grief.

“We’re offering £300,000 annual funding to Public Well being Scotland to help native suicide prevention work that helps communities implement native suicide prevention motion plans.

“Our objective is for everybody to work collectively to forestall suicide, so we’re partaking with these affected to publish a suicide prevention technique for Scotland subsequent month.

“It’s going to define how authorities, companions and native communities can come collectively to assist forestall future suicides.

“It is necessary that individuals know that there’s assist if they’re desirous about suicide. Anybody who wants help ought to contact their GP or name the NHS 24 helpline.

“Assist may also be discovered on-line, via NHS Inform and on the Samaritans and Respiratory Area web sites.”

When life is difficult, the Samaritans are right here – day and night time, three hundred and sixty five days a 12 months. You possibly can name them toll-free on 116 123, ship an electronic mail to [email protected], or go to to discover a department close to you.

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