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Glasgow University research finds that one in nine young adults in Scotland report having attempted suicide

14 May 2018

The research, published by Glasgow University's Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, focuses on the prevalence of suicide attempts and self harm by young adults in Scotland.

The report highlights that one in nine young people report having attempted suicide and one in six report self harm - it is a collaborative work between Glasgow, Stirling, Leeds, and Nottingham universities and can be read here. 

The Society believes that more must be done to support young people who self and/or are at risk of suicidal behaviour. We are calling for:

  • The Government to ensure investment in research into public mental health interventions, and innovative brief psychosocial interventions (employing a range of delivery methods and modalities) to reduce suicidal ideation, suicidal behaviours and ultimately deaths by suicide.
  • UK Research and Innovation to establish increased funding for research into the causes of suicide and trials into suicide prevention, especially in vulnerable groups.
  • The Royal College of General Practitioners to consider the development and introduction of mandatory GP training on identifying signs and symptoms of suicide ideation and behaviour, and offering appropriate referrals and immediate support.
  • The Department of Health and Social Care to ensure that those who are discharged from hospital receive a follow up appointment within three days.
  • The Department of Education and Training to develop appropriate psychologically informed curricula content for children and young people via health and wellbeing education in schools.

A Society spokesperson said:

"More needs to be done for young people who are at risk of suicide and self harm. No civilised and caring society should tolerate this level of despair, hopelessness, and avoidable tragedy. The early identification of suicidal thoughts and behaviour, and effective care for those of us at risk, are crucial in ensuring that people receive the care they need and deserve. Action at an early stage is core to any strategy for suicide prevention."

Samaritans offer a 24 hour helpline for anyone feeling distressed or struggling to cope. Please call them on 116 123 or email [email protected].

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