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Suicide prevention in Scotland 

Suicide prevention in Scotland
Suicide prevention in Scotland

Jacki Gordon

and Gregor Henderson

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date: 05 July 2022

Choose Life (Scottish Executive 2002)—Scotland’s 10-year suicide prevention strategy and action plan—was launched in December 2002 in direct response to national and local concerns over the increasing suicide rate at that time: while female rates had remained fairly stable over the preceding 30 years, male suicides had more than doubled (Platt et al. 2006).

By international standards, the suicide rate in Scotland is not exceptionally high (European age standardized rate of 15.1 per 100,000 over 2004–2006; population 5.12 million), but it is about twice as high as that for England and Wales (Platt et al. 2006).

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