Year: 1991 Source: BMJ. British Medical Journal, v.302, no.6779, (March 30, 1991), p.761-762 SIEC No: 19911041

The author studied the geographical distribution of suicide in Scotland during 1974-86. Results showed an unexpected cluster of high mortality among men in the highland districts. Low mortality rates were found in central Scotland. Mental illness was the most important risk factor for suicide, so a possible explanation for these findings would be a regional variation in the incidence of mental illness, particularly among men. Alternatively, the explanation could be sociological. (5 refs.)