Press release: Samaritans comment on the 2010 suicides for Scotland

Figures released today revealed there were 781 suicides across the country in 2010 compared to 746 in 2009 – an increase of 35 deaths. According to the figures published jointly by The Scottish Public Health Observatory and NHS Scotland, the rates across the nation showed a small increase from a rate of 14.7 suicides per 100,000 compared with 14.2 in 2009.

Andrew Sim, Director for Samaritans in Scotland, said: “The figures released today show a slight increase in the rate of suicide in Scotland. In the current economic climate, suicide rates are expected to rise, however, this increase may turn out to be a normal fluctuation.

“These statistics also show that Scottish men remain a consistently high risk group, being three times more likely to take their lives than women. Older men in their 30s, 40s and 50s are particularly at risk of suicide, which is why Samaritans has launched a hard-hitting campaign, We’re in your corner, targeting this vulnerable group.

“As suicide is also the leading cause of mortality for those under the age of 35 in Scotland, we need to make sure we are doing all we can to support people in the places they communicate most. This is why we have developed partnerships with both Google and Facebook to reach out to vulnerable people online.”

Additionally, a YouGov survey commissioned by Samaritans this week found that a third (34%) of Scots would not talk to anyone about their feelings if they were suicidal. A full UK and national breakdown of the YouGov survey can be found here:

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Notes to editors:

The poll figure is from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 1066 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 01 - 02 August 2011.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+). The total sample size for the UK was 1066 adults. The sample size for Scotland was 126.
The overall rate of suicide has increased by 14.2 to 14.7 deaths per 100,000 adults. The rate of suicide amongst men has increased from 21.2 per 100,000 to 22.1 per 100,000, while the rate amongst woman has remained the same.

More information about the We’re in your corner campaign

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