Lockdown suicide data

J Grove made this Freedom of Information request to Scottish Government

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Dear Scottish Government,

What are the recorded dates when the Scottish Government received information/ data/ statistics (e.g. from NHS Scotland, National Records of Scotland etc) on the rate of suicides (i.e. number per 100,000 of the population) since the “COVID-19 Lockdown” that commenced on or around 23 March 2020?

Yours faithfully,

J Grove

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 202000113435
Your Reference: Freedom of Information request - Lockdown suicide data

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Dear Scottish Government,

As a follow up clarification the information requested will relate to the information/data the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) will have also received as a measure of their success or otherwise.

Yours faithfully,

J Grove

Dear Scottish Government,

As a further follow up Scottish Ministers should be aware of the very recent article from CNN entitled 'In Japan, more people died from suicide last month than from Covid in all of 2020. And women have been impacted most' by Selina Wang, Rebecca Wright and Yoko Wakatsuki

In this article there is the sobering line:
Experts have warned that the pandemic could lead to a mental health crisis. Mass unemployment, social isolation, and anxiety are taking their toll on people globally.

Clearly, from a FOI request, the Scottish Government have not factored in any Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) calculation into their COVID-19 response. It is hoped that accurate suicide data is being recorded by the Department of Health and Social Care and the Scottish Government.

Yours faithfully,

J Grove

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 202000118384
Your Reference: Scottish Ministers should be aware of the very recent
article from CNN

Dear J Grove,

Thank you for your correspondence sent on 30/11/2020. Your query will be
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Bartholomeus Lakeman (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

In 2011, the World Economic Forum projected that, by 2030, mental ill‐health will account for more than half of the global economic burden attributable to non‐communicable diseases,
In 2014 the WHO stated the condition of a ‘Depression’ ranked as the third burden on the global economy. Now in 2020 it ranks as the second burden, and the WHO projects that in 2030 it will rank as the first burden on the globel economy. Along with said increment it will be suicide; in particularly due to the Lockdown measures.
In a distant future the Govt. will find that the mortality from a Depression is higher than that of Covid-19.

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Dear Scottish Government,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Scottish Government's handling of my FOI request 'Lockdown suicide data'.

Will the Scottish Government please recheck it's records again to ensure the accuracy of this Section 17(1) exemption?

A Tweet from the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) last month suggested that the NRS records for 2019 showed an increase on the "probable" suicides rate of 6%. Given that the target for the NSPLG is a 20% reduction in suicides (from the 2017 levels) by 2022 then it seems almost impossible that there will not be more regular updates on suicide rates and that the progess of the NSPLG will not be measured until 6 months before it's target date of 2022.

Given that the Scottish Government have introduced a number of draconian "lockdown" measures, dehumanising "social distancing" regulations and delayed medical treatment and screening for some diseases all based on a PCR test that is now being questioned in the scientific literature and with a false positive rate that the Scottish Government are not recording then it is in the public interest to identify if the Scottish Government are to be receiving suicide statistics with a greater frequency than yearly.

Thanks.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l...

Yours faithfully,

J Grove

Scottish Government

Our Reference: 202000122163
Your Reference: Internal review of Freedom of Information request -
Lockdown suicide data

Dear J Grove ,

Thank you for your correspondence received on 09/12/2020. Your query will
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Dear J Grove,

Thank you for your correspondence received on 09/12/2020. Your query will
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