Graphs on this page:
- There are around 100 suicides amongst young adults aged 15-24 each year, mostly males.
- This is less than a decade ago. Nevertheless, the suicide rate in Scotland for 15- to 24-year-olds is still more than double the rate in England and Wales.
- Research suggests that suicides are twice as common in the most deprived areas of Scotland. 1
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.
- See the Scottish Government’s national framework for the prevention of suicide and their consultation document on suicide and deliberate self-harm.
- See the Public Health Institute of Scotland’s document on suicide among young adults.