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Suicide figures underline need to boost mental health services

April 29, 2014 3:56 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has calledJim Hume Parliament: Jim HumeJim Hume Parliament: Jim Hume for the treatment of mental ill health and physical health to be placed on an equal footing after an annual report into Scottish suicides was published today.

Figures contained in the report showed that there were 3,059 deaths from probable suicide registered in Scotland between January 2009 and December 2012.

Mr Hume said:

"Each of the 3,059 probable suicides which have taken place in Scotland in the past four years represents a personal tragedy of loss for over 3,000 families. If we are to build a fairer society which gives more people the chance to get on life, the treatment of mental ill health must be placed on an equal footing with the treatment of physical ill health.

"With one in five suicide cases having previously been discharged from hospital due to self-harm much more needs to be done to ensure people are given ongoing support. From reducing waiting times for crucial talking therapies to tackling the stigma attached to mental ill health, Scottish Liberal Democrats will be urging the Scottish Government to act sooner and not later. "