Samaritans Scotland comment on the Scottish Suicide Information Database Report 2015

Samaritans Scotland comment on the Scottish Suicide Information Database Report 2015

In response to the release today of the Scot SID data, James Jopling, Executive Director for Samaritans Scotland, said: “We are pleased to see the continued decline in suicide rates in Scotland – which is hugely important and reduces the terrible effect of suicide in Scotland’s communities. But this report also points to important new insight into healthcare use by people who die by suicide in Scotland in the year leading up to their death.

There is a sizeable minority of the people who die by suicide in Scotland who are not in contact with the relevant healthcare services prior to death and are likely to have considerable unmet needs. We must ensure more work is done to understand why this is and what can be done to make sure those people are getting the help they need before they are at the point of taking their own lives. At Samaritans we are there for people round the clock, every single day of the year for people to talk to whenever things are getting to them. We are free to call on 116 123.

Among people who died by suicide in Scotland the most common healthcare use in the year prior to their death was prescription of a mental health drug, followed by attending A&E. It’s important that health service planners use this information to consider how they can provide the best services for people at high risk of suicide.

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