Significant increase to Scottish Borders suicide rate

Authorities are urging people to speak to their loved ones if they have concerns. Credit: PA

The number of people who took their own lives in the Scottish Borders increased significantly last year, according to the NHS.

In 2015, 18 people died from suicide, compared to 12 people in 2014.

NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council are responding to the increase by urging people to be aware of the warning signs of suicide.

They are asking people to seek help for themselves, as well as their friends and family, if they are concerned.

The attempt to raise awareness is part of Suicide Prevention Week.

If you are affected by the issues in this article, you can find support and advice at the following websites.