Equality News Update: Daily Record: Youth suicides in Scotland rise 50% in a year as mental health crisis grows

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New figures also show that those living in the most deprived areas are three times more likely to take their own lives than those in the wealthiest.

The number of young people taking their own lives has risen by 50 per cent in a year.

New figures also show poorer people are three times more likely to commit suicide than the wealthy.

The crisis was revealed after a spate of tragedies. Chloe McTear, 20, died at the weekend and Richie King, 21, was one of four young people from the same area who passed away within months of each other.

The huge increase in suicides among Scotland’s young people has led to calls for urgent action on mental health services.

Over all ages, there was about a 15 per cent rise in people taking their own lives, from 680 in 2017 to 784 last year.

The steepest rise was in the 15-24 age bracket. In 2017, there were 64 such suicides. Last year, that climbed to 96 – an increase of 50 per cent.

Of the 680 suicides in 2018, 581 were men.

Those living in the most deprived areas are three times more likely to take their own lives than those in the wealthiest.

The suicide rate in the poorest communities is 21.7 per 100,000, compared with seven per 100,000 in the least deprived.

Last night, opposition politicians blamed the rise in suicides on the Scottish Government’s “catastrophic response” to the need for better mental health services.

Lib Dem health spokesman Alex Cole Hamilton said: “Despite a general trend downwards in recent years, we have seen spikes in
suicides in Scotland over the past three years and that spike is accelerating.

“Most devastating is the 50 per cent increase in suicides in the 15-25 age group.

“That young people should be taking their lives in this way is a cruel reflection of Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

“In some parts of the country, vulnerable young people are waiting two years for first-line treatment.”

 

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