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Suicide prevention action plan: engagement paper

Published: 8 Mar 2018
Part of:
Health and social care
ISBN:
9781788516051

This paper invites public comment on proposals for a future suicide prevention action plan.

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Suicide prevention action plan: engagement paper
Appendix

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Appendix

Definitions

Suicide is death resulting from an intentional, self-inflicted act.

Suicidal behaviour comprises both completed suicide attempts and acts of self-harm that do not have a fatal outcome, but which have suicidal intent.

Non-fatal self-harm is self-poisoning or self-injury, irrespective of motivation or extent of suicide intent (excluding accidents, substance misuse and eating disorders).

Probable suicide: The National Records of Scotland ( NRS) define probable suicides as deaths resulting from:

  • intentional self-harm (codes X60–X84, Y87.0 of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision ( ICD10)); and
  • events of undetermined intent ( ICD10 codes Y10-Y34, Y87.2).

'Events of undetermined intent': These are cases where it is not clear whether the death was the result of intentional self-harm, an accident or an assault. NRS combines intentional self-harm and undetermined deaths in their operational definition of 'probable suicide'. It should be noted that some 'undetermined intent' deaths may not have been suicides; inclusion of these cases, therefore, probably leads to an over-estimation of the 'true' (but unknowable) number of suicide deaths.

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