Scotland

Fewer Scots are taking own life

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Image caption Suicide remains the leading cause of death among men aged between 15 and 34

The number of people committing suicide in Scotland has fallen, the latest figures have shown.

According to the General Register Office for Scotland, 746 people took their own life last year.

The figure represents a drop of 97 on 2008. However, Scotland still recorded higher rates than elsewhere in the UK.

Suicide remained the leading cause of death in people under the age of 34, with rates among men nearly three times that of women in Scotland.

Two-thirds of deaths were caused by intentional self harm while less than one-third were classed as undetermined intent.

The highest number of suicides in 2009 occurred in the Glasgow City local authority area, with 116 such deaths, followed by Edinburgh with 64.

In the past five years, the largest number of suicides were among people aged 40 to 44, then 35 to 39.

The data also highlighted the impact of modern-day pressures and identified those most at risk.

Poverty, drug and alcohol misuse, bereavement and marital breakdown were all pinpointed as contributing factors.

It also showed that young men, children in care, substance abusers, prisoners and people who had mental health problems were most at risk of committing suicide.

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