Key points


Graph 1: Over time

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Definitions and data sources

The graph shows the number of suicides committed by young adults aged 15 to 24, split by sex.

Whilst acknowledging that there are many factors relating to suicide and that, as such, it cannot be used as a direct measure of mental health, suicide data can be viewed as a proxy measure and is, in any case, of interest, since it is an important cause of premature death amongst young men in Scotland.

The data is from the Scottish General Register Office.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: high.  Data on suicides is sourced from administrative data collected by the Scottish General Register Office and is thought to be reliable.


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