Samaritans' comment on the Scottish Suicide Information Database (ScotSID) report 2014

Andrew Sim, Executive Director for Scotland for Samaritans, said:

“This is an important report that gives us a better picture of deaths by suicide in Scotland. Samaritans' commissioned research Men, suicide and society, shows that the group at highest risk of suicide were men in their 30s, 40s and 50s, from disadvantaged backgrounds. The reasons for this included, among others, the changing labour market, the increasing likelihood of relationship breakdowns and a number of issues surrounding masculinity. These findings are certainly reflected in the ScotSID report, which shows that almost half of recorded deaths were of people between 35 and 54 years of age and that three quarters were male.

“Our research explains the reasons behind many of these deaths. The ScotSID report demonstrates which people are most at risk of suicide in more detail than has previously been available. It is clear that Samaritans’ research and the ScotSID report show that suicide prevention strategies need to tackle this as a social and inequality issue  - an avoidable difference in health and length of life that results from being poor and disadvantaged; and which disproportionally affects men, because of the way society expects them to behave.”

The link to the full report is here: http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Public-Health/Publications/