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  • Creating Hope Together: Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan

    Created: 02/10/2022, Updated: 06/10/2022

    The Scottish Government and COSLA's new Creating Hope Together: Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Strategy 2022-2032 includes a number of new approaches to prevent suicide, including:

    • Widening support to anyone affected by suicide – that includes families, friends and carers.
    • Investing in peer support as a way of giving people the chance to meet with peers to help guide their wellbeing and recovery.
    • Focusing on safety planning as a way to support people to stay safe if they have suicidal thoughts.
    • Improving the way services identify, assess, and care for someone who is suicidal. This includes in primary care, mental health, and unscheduled care settings.
    • Prioritising work on reaching people with a heightened risk of suicide – which includes working in key settings and communities, and with key parts of the workforce and trusted partners.
    • Bringing insights on poverty and marginalised groups into work.
    • Focusing on the particular needs of children and young people, and working alongside them to meet their needs.
    • Working with the media to support responsible media reporting.

    This fresh approach will help people at the earliest possible opportunity and aim to reduce the number of suicides – ensuring efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, debt, and addiction include measures to address suicide.

    The Strategy can be accessed here. Easy-read versions of both documents are also available:  Easy Read Strategy and Easy Read Action Plan


    Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and partners are planning to hold a Fife-wide event to celebrate achievements, consider what the new strategy means for Fife and identify priorities for taking forward the strategy and action plan.  This event will take place in the morning of 28 February 2023.  The team is still awaiting further detail which will support the implementation of the strategy, such as an Outcome Framework, which will help inform the discussions at the event.  Please hold this date in your diary, and further information will be circulated in due course.

    For more information, please contact Mary-Grace Burinski via e-mail [email protected]   




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