According to new statistics published by NHS Health Scotland, there has been an increase in the number of suicides in 2018.
Despite the decreasing gap between individuals from rich and poor areas committing suicide, suicide continues to be a leading cause of early mortality in Scotland. Men have a three-fold higher likelihood of committing suicide than women.
NHS Scotland emphasises the importance of raising awareness about issues that can potentially cause distressed individuals to think of ending their lives. NHS Health Scotland in collaboration with NHS Education for Scotland has developed online resources for suicide prevention. Three resources, namely, 'Ask, tell, save a life: every life matters animation, ’Ask, tell, have a healthy conversation animation' and ‘Ask, tell, look after your mental health' are designed not only to raise awareness but also help others to respond to suicidal individuals in a compassionate and effective manner.
Shirley Windsor, who heads the Public Mental Health services at NHS Health Scotland said: "Suicide is everyone’s business and we must continue our efforts – whether within the home, the workplace or wider community – to support people to seek help when they are in distress."