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Suicide prevention in Scotland

On average, two people die from suicide in Scotland every day.  That is more than just a number.  That is family.  That is friends.  That is work colleagues.

In Scotland we have had a national suicide prevention strategy since 2002.  Since its implementation a 20% reduction in the suicide rate in Scotland over the period 2002-06 to 2013-17 has been achieved.

The latest Scottish Government Suicide prevention action plan: Every Life Matters sets out 10 key actions with the aim of reducing suicides in Scotland by a further 20%.




If you have a media enquiry please contact NHS Health Scotland’s communications team on 07500 854 574 (Monday–Friday, 9am to 5pm).

National campaigns

Guidelines for journalists reporting a suicide

Latest news articles

Performance Stories

The National Programme for Suicide Prevention has created performance stories of some of the key work achieved during the implemention of the suicide prevention strategy in Scotland at both a national and at a local level.

Local Area Performance Stories

National Performance Stories

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