Male suicide: Scottish Cities

Male suicide in Scottish cities

Suicide - Males - Scottish Cities (2018)

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Between 1982 and 2011, the suicide rate for males in Glasgow was substantially higher than the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh and the Scottish average.  The male suicide rate in Glasgow has declined more rapidly than other Scottish cities and in the most recent period Dundee had the highest male suicide rate (24.3 per 100,000 in 2012-2016).  All of the Scottish cities had male suicide rates above the national average in the most recent period.

Notes on data presented

In 2011, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) upgraded the software used to code causes of death to take account of updates made by the World Health Organization (WHO) to the codes for certain causes of death. As a result, there is a difference in how deaths data was coded for 2011 onwards compared to previous years, with deaths previously coded under ‘mental and behavioural disorders’ now being classed as ‘self-poisoning of undetermined intent’ and consequently as suicides. Full details on changes to the coding of causes of death between 2010 and 2011 can be found on the  NRS website.

For analysis over time (as here) the old coding rules have been used consistently.

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