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Suicide target 'will not be met'

Depressed woman
NHS GGC is unlikely to meet targets for staff training on suicide prevention

Scotland's largest health authority has said it is unlikely to meet its target on suicide prevention.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) has been tasked with reducing the suicide rate by 20% between 2002 and 2013.

In a report due to go before MSPs, the authority said success was unlikely as the number of people taking their own lives had been rising since 2005.

Bosses said a high level of deprivation was one of the main reasons behind its expected failure to meet the target.

The report, which is due to go before Holyrood's public audit committee, states: "While a downward trend was experienced in the first four years of this target, from 2005 onwards the trend has been increasing.

"There are numerous factors at a local and macro economic level that can and do contribute to this."

Deprivation levels

"In the light of this, and with the absence of the 2008 data, it is not possible to be confident of achieving the 20% target by 2012."

The report states: "Increased suicides rates are widely associated with deprivation levels and the NHS GGC board area has circa 80% of the Scottish population of people in the most deprived deprivation categories and only 20% of the Scottish population.

"Suicide rates for the most deprived areas of Scotland are double those of the Scottish average."

In its report, NHS GGC states it is unlikely to meet its targets for staff training on preventing suicide.

The authority said this was due to the scale of the challenge with about 10,000 frontline staff requiring training.

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