Call for ambitious suicide prevention plan

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationPeople and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 30th April 2018

A partnership of organisations has called on the Scottish Government to create an ambitious plan for the future.

In their response to the consultation on the Scottish Government’s Engagement Process of the Draft Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2018, NHS Health Scotland, the ALLIANCE, the Health and Social Care Academy and Samaritans Scotland, have called for a range of actions to ensure that people affected by suicide receive compassionate care and support.

Earlier this year the partnership of organisations published a report based on the lived experience of people affected by suicide which outlined 12 actions for change. The organisations have now highlighted further changes to be made to the Scottish Government’s plans following the publication of a draft action plan.  These include:

  • The ongoing involvement of people affected by suicide in setting and monitoring local and national actions.
  • A greater focus on research into the causes of suicide and action based on the data gathered.
  • Compassionate and immediate tailored support for survivors and others affected by suicide.

The consultation closes today and a final action plan is expected to be published later this year.

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