The number of probable deaths by suicide in Argyll and Bute has dropped, according to new figures.

A total of nine people lost their lives in 2021 compared to 10 in 2020, in statistics published by the National Records of Scotland.

The figure is a significant drop from 20 in 2019 and 18 the year before.

But the Scottish Government said any death was a “tragedy” for those left behind.

The overall numbers across Scotland dropped for a second year, down by six per cent. The majority of probable suicide deaths were men (565), compared to 188 women during 2021.

Danielle Rowley, at the charity Samaritans Scotland, said: “While we welcome the overall downward trend, particularly a significant reduction among females, we must continue to take action on the range of factors that may contribute to suicide risk.

“Those living in Scotland’s most deprived areas remain three times more likely to die by suicide than those in more affluent areas, and men continue to account for most deaths.

“This data, and Samaritans’ own research, suggests reaching out to men from lower income areas, who are at the highest risk of suicide, must be a major focus of preventing suicide in Scotland.”Suicide is complex and there is no single reason why someone may take their own life.

“However, by ensuring there is a range of support available to those who are struggling - and working to address inequalities in our society - these numbers can be reduced further.”

Call Samaritans on 116 123 or Breathing Space

on 0800 838587.