Suicides in Scotland have risen for the first time in six years

Suicides in Scotland have risen for the first time in six years, according to figures released today.
Statistics from the National Records of Scotland show some 728 people’s lives were taken by suicide in 2016 - 56 more deaths compared to 2015.  
Samaritans in Scotland said that action is urgently needed to avoid the rise becoming a trend.
The charity is calling on the Scottish Government to take a wider approach in tackling suicide ahead of a new prevention strategy next year.
Samaritans published a report on the link between socioeconomic disadvantage and suicide earlier this year.
Maureen Watt, minister for mental health, said: “Any suicide is a tragedy and  our sympathies go out to anyone who has lost a loved one in this particularly painful way.
“Suicide is a very complex phenomenon. The 2016 data follow a period of several years in which numbers of deaths by suicide fell year after year.
"The longer term trend in Scotland shows a reduction of 17% over the last decade. 
"This downward trend is encouraging and represents a strong achievement by all who work in the field of suicide prevention.
“Later in 2017, the Scottish Government will engage with stakeholders with a view to developing a new suicide prevention action plan for publication in early 2018.”
 
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