Suicide statistics bolsters call for better suicide prevention strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has reacted with indignation to the “horrendous” new findings of a survey published today in BJPsych Open and led by the University’s Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory. The study showed 1 in 9 young adults in Scotland have attempted to commit suicide. The research also reveals 1 in 6 young people have self-harmed.

Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

“These statistics are absolutely horrendous. It’s unthinkable that so many young people have been driven to such extreme destructive measures and leaves real questions about why the necessary help wasn’t in place for them.

“Mental health is a sore point for the SNP government and patients, families and staff are right to despair as mental health treatment continues to get worse, not better. Child mental health waiting times are the worst on record, hundreds of adults are waiting over a year for treatment and the Suicide Prevention Strategy is over 450 days late.

“These devastating findings must force a step change in mental health provisions. Young people deserve to be able to access world class support whenever they need it.

"The mental health minister needs to listen to warnings from the Samaritans and other charities. The draft suicide strategy could be a golden opportunity to improve services but is currently woefully inadequate.”

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