The Health and Social Care Academy and partners won the Herald Society Award for their work around suicide prevention.
The ALLIANCE are delighted to announce that our work on suicide prevention delivered by the Health and Social Care Academy with Samaritans Scotland (this link will take you away from our website) and NHS Health Scotland (this link will take you away from our website) won the partnership category at the Herald Society Awards.
It was an inspiring evening with many of the ALLIANCE member organisations also being nominated and winning awards, including Marie Curie Scotland and MND Scotland, ROAR-Connections for Life and RAMH. The evening showed the impact the third sector has on people’s lives, how they are often filling gaps in service provision and doing so in a person-centred way, which is tailored to the individual, making a real difference to people’s lives.
The Academy and partners work on suicide prevention engaged those close to or affected by suicide and providers of relevant support and services to capture their views and experiences on how to achieve transformational change and understand better how to prevent suicide. Six events were held across Scotland and engaged with approximately 100 people. The process enabled people to feel safe and to be heard, often for the first time.
There was a significant consensus across these events as to what people saw as priorities and from that 15 recommendations were developed including; early intervention, improved public awareness, training, reducing stigma and the need to involve people with lived experience at all levels in the action plan. These recommendations were responded to in the action plan and a commitment to a £3 million fund to invest in innovation in suicide prevention.
This work highlights the power of lived experience and how working co-productively and in partnership enables powerful results for the whole of society.
You can find out more about the awards and all the winners on the Herald Society website (this link will take you away from our website).