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Suicide attempts on Union Bridge within the last five years: FOI release

Published: 7 Nov 2018

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
7 Nov 2018
Suicide attempts on Union Bridge within the last five years: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/18/03129  
Date received: 16 October 2018 
Date responded: 6 November 2018
 
Information requested
 
  1. In light of the recent events on Aberdeen's Union Bridge, I wanted to know how many suicide attempts have been made on Union Bridge within the last five years (2013-2018)?
  2. Of those in 1, how many of the attempts have been successful?
  3. Of those in 1, how many jumped onto the railway track under the bridge?
  4. Of those in 1, how many jumped onto the road?
  5. Of those in 1, what was the age and gender of the people?
Response
 
While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. The reasons why we don’t have the information are explained below.
 
Reasons for not providing information

The Scottish Government does not have the information.

Section 17(1) of FOISA (information not held) requires the Scottish Government to notify you if it does not have the information you requested.  

With regard to part (1) of your request, I have established, in terms of Section 17(1) of FOISA that this information is not held by the Scottish Government (SG) as the SG does not hold information about attempted suicides. As the total number requested in part (1) is not held, in terms of Section 17(1) of FOISA the information requested in parts (2) – (5) is also not held.

This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.

You may wish to note that published data on the overall number of suicides is available annually since 1974, age and gender, nature of death and method, and at health board and local authority level at the National Records of Scotland (NRS) website[1]. Additional information is published by the Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPho)[2], however, not at the level of detail requested in part (1) of your request.

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