There were 753 probable suicides in Scotland in 2021, a decrease of 52 (6%) from 2020, according to new figures from the National Records of Scotland.
Most of the decrease can be attributed to a fall in female suicides, which declined by 42 (18%).
The rate of suicide in males was 3.2 times as high as in females.
Suicide rates are highest between the ages of 25 and 64.
Julie Ramsay, Head of Vital Events Statistics said:
“The number of people dying from suicide fell to its lowest level since 2017.
"The decrease in the most recent year was mainly driven by a fall in the number of female suicides.”
After adjusting for age, suicide rate in the most deprived areas in Scotland was nearly three times as high as in the least deprived areas. This is a wider gap than deaths from all causes.
Kenneth Gibson, who was the first MSP to raise suicide in the Scottish Parliament back in 1999 said:
“While every suicide is one too many and the decrease is welcome, Ayrshire & Arran unfortunately still grapples with higher suicide rates than the Scottish average, particularly in East Ayrshire.
“If you or anyone you know struggles with dark thoughts or suicidal ideation and may be at risk, please don’t hesitate to phone Samaritans at no cost on 116 123, day or night.”
For more information and guidance, visit NHS Inform Suicidal Thoughts.