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  • Scottish Suicide Information Database (2011 2019)

    Created: 01/06/2021

    Public Health Scotland has released the Scottish Suicide Information Database full report for the period 2011 – 2019. This release is part of Public Health Scotland’s approach to updating the report every 2 years with the latest available data.

    Main points:

    • During the period 2011-2019, 6,798 individuals aged 5+ years died from suicide in Scotland.
    • Suicide deaths were approximately three times more likely among those living in the most deprived areas than among those living in the least deprived areas.
    • Over three-quarters (77.3%) had contact with at least one linked healthcare service in the period prior to death.
    • Females were more likely to make contact with health care services (90%) than males (73%) in the period before their death.
    • Persons aged 25 and over were more likely to be in contact with healthcare services than younger age groups.
    • People who died by intentional self-harm were less likely to make contact with health services than those of an undetermined intent.
    • Contact with services varied considerably by method of suicide: people who died by 'poisoning' were more likely to make contact (88%), while those who died by 'firearm' and 'hanging/strangulation/suffocation' (58% and 71%, respectively) were less likely to make contact, than those who died by other methods.
    • Compared to the general population, people who died by suicide had more contact with each of the linked healthcare services. Psychiatric inpatient stays were 38 times more likely in the ScotSID cohort in the 12 months prior to suicide than in the general population over a similar time period.

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