Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Scotland has the highest suicide rate in the UK, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

From 1991 to 2004 the suicide rate among men was 50% higher in Scotland than other UK countries, while the rate for women was double that of elsewhere.

Having, after 5 years, just left a police department that dealt with sudden deaths, I can confirm the figures are appalling, but why? It's a question the bereaved ask anyway in each and every case, but why Scotland? Particularly intriguing is the fact that Shetland 'scores' higher than Scotland in general too. It needs answers and if you want to help (or need it) check out the header link.

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