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  • Fife's death by suicide figures for 2020

    Created: 18/08/2021

    Data from National Records of Scotland (NRS) released on 17 August shows there were 805 deaths by suicide in Scotland in 2020, a slight decrease from 833 in 2019. 

    Almost three-quarters of deaths are male and the data demonstrates that existing inequalities endure. Deprivation remains a significant risk factor, with deaths three and a half times higher in our most deprived compared to least deprived communities.

    Fife Health and Social Care Partnership has broken down the figures to show how many deaths by suicide there has been in Fife in 2020:

    • Fife continues to sit just below the Scottish National Average for total suicide rates (Scotland 14.07 per 100,000 population and Fife 13.9 per 100,000 population).
    • Fife rates are slightly above the national average for males and slightly below the national average for females.
    • The number of probable suicides in Fife over recent years are as follows: 2017: 52 probable suicides, 2018: 44 probable suicides, 2019: 45 probable suicides, and 2020: 66 probable suicides.

    The Partnership would like to add a caveat that the advice issued by the National Leads is that data should always be considered over a 5-year average as there are always annual fluctuations.


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