Can more be done to prevent suicide?

In 2013 nearly 7,000 people in the UK took their own life.

A Scottish study using the data of 16,411 people linking hospital and mortality records showed that 24 out of 100 suicide deaths occurred within 3 months of discharge from psychiatric and general hospitals. These results support the need for suicide prevention strategies.

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) deaths register and the Scottish Morbidity Records (an NHS Scotland database combining hospital admissions, cancer registration and death records) were used to collect the data.

Click below to see how the study was undertaken and discover more detailed results

This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the health professionals as part of the care and support provided.