Angela Leitch, Chief Executive, Public Health Scotland, confirms that suicide prevention is a priority for Public Health Scotland (PHS):

"In Scotland, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people. Men account for almost three out of four suicides and deaths by suicide are three times more likely among those living in Scotland’s poorest areas.

Public Health Scotland supports an intelligence-led approach to public mental health. Data and evidence are essential not only in identifying the prevalence of suicide, but in understanding the factors that contribute to it and determining the preventable actions that can be taken. We are active contributors to the work of the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group and Suicide Prevention Action Plan. Our teams continue to work with local and national partners to share evidence and intelligence to support us all to do what we can to avoid lives being lost by suicide."

Last updated: 08 September 2022