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  • Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan: Every Life Matters

    Created: 10/08/2018

    Scotland's new Suicide Prevention Action Plan has been designed to continue good work from the 2013-2016 Suicide Prevention Strategy and to continue the strong downward trend in the Suicide Rate in Scotland.

    Scotland will reduce its suicide rate by 20% by 2022, Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey has said as she announced the country’s new prevention plan.

    Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan sets out ten measures to continue the strong decline in the country’s rate of deaths by suicide. The plan was developed following extensive engagement with mental health and suicide prevention organisations, people affected by suicide, and academics.

    To implement the plan, the Scottish Government will set up a National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) by September 2018 and support it with a new £3 million innovation fund. Former Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick will chair the group.

    Actions in the plan inlcude:

    • creating and implementing refreshed mental health and suicide prevention training by May 2019 for Scotland’s public and private sectors. The plan requires all NHS staff to receive training
    • developing reviews of all deaths by suicide and ensuring lessons are shared with partners and acted on
    • developing innovative ways to use digital technology to prevent suicide
    • the government, NSPLG and partners co-ordinating public awareness campaigns

    Click here to read the full strategy and to find out more. 

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