Suicide prevention in Scotland

Jacki Gordon and Gregor Henderson

in Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

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ISBN: 9780198570059
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640461 | DOI:

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Suicide prevention in Scotland

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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).

Chapter.  1788 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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