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Rate of 'probable suicide' in Highland above the Scottish national average

By Alan Shields

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Samaritans volunteers.
Samaritans volunteers.

The rate of suspected suicides in the Highlands is higher than the Scottish national average, the latest figures show.

A new report from the National Records of Scotland shows that there were 753 suicides registered in 2021 across the country.

The Highland region is second top highest area for probable suicides in terms of both council area and health board.

Across NHS Highland there were 49 suspected suicides in 2021.

This was a decrease of around six per cent compared to the previous year.

Scotland’s mental health minister Kevin Stewart said any death by suicide was a “tragedy for the loved ones left behind”.

Help can be sought by contacting a GP, NHS24 on 111, Samaritans on 116 123 or Breathing Space on 0800 83 58 87.

Highland charity Mikeysline also offers support at www.mikeysline.co.uk

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