Suicide

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 16th March 2007.

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Photo of Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson Scottish National Party

Question S2W-32233

To ask the Scottish Executive how many children committed suicide in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS board area.

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

In presenting statistics on suicides it is conventional to combine deaths classified as intentional self-harm (suicides) with those classified as events of undetermined intent. This is because the majority of the latter are likely to have been suicides. However, this assumption is known to be less valid for children, particularly those aged under 10. For this reason the following table shows the two categories separately and restricts the information on events of undetermined intent to deaths aged 10-15.

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NHS Board Area11996199719981999200020012002200320042005
(a) Deaths aged under 16 from intentional self-harm (suicides)
Scotland5154863434
Ayrshire and Arran--1--1----
Fife----11--21
Grampian1--12-----
Greater Glasgow and Clyde21121-311-1
Highland21--------1
Lanarkshire1--13-----
Lothian1-11212--1
Tayside--1----31-
(b) Deaths aged 10 - 15 classified as events of undetermined intent
Scotland24334-21-2
Ayrshire and Arran--11------
Dumfries and Galloway--1-------
Fife11--------
Forth Valley-1-1------
Grampian1---------
Greater Glasgow and Clyde2-11-1-1--1
Highland2---------1
Lanarkshire-1-12--1--
Lothian----1-1---

Notes:

1. NHS Board Areas with no relevant deaths have been omitted.

2. Incorporating part of the former NHS Argyll and Clyde area.

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