Comment on Scottish suicide figures for 2012

Andrew Sim, Executive Director for Samaritans in Scotland, said:
 
“It’s positive to see that suicide rates in Scotland appear to be continuing their downward trend, with an 18 per cent reduction from ten years ago. We commend the leadership and commitment shown by Government in preventing suicide in Scotland. The reduction in suicide rates is testament to the good work and collaboration of a number of agencies in Scotland. This must continue against a backdrop of increasing suicides in other parts of the UK.
 
“The figures published today show that the suicide rate in men aged 35-54 years has increased, while the rates for younger and older men have decreased - with the highest rates now being in men aged 35-44 years. Samaritans’ We’re in your corner campaign targets men at high risk of suicide, in their 30s, 40s and 50s and aims to encourage them to seek help.
 
“The statistics also show that suicide rates are strongly related to levels of deprivation, where the age standardised rate was over four times higher in the most deprived tenth of the population than the least deprived. Our research 'Men, suicide and society' shows suicide is both a health and social inequality – meaning that you are far more likely to die by suicide if you are of low socioeconomic position and a man.
 
“As a result of this research we are we are working with partner organisations in Scotland to highlight the value of a gendered approach. This work focuses on the needs of men as a particular risk group and aims to raise awareness of the role of mental health in wider health and inequalities work across the country.”
 

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