The Health and Sport Committee has written to the Minister for Mental Health with 12 recommendations.
Steps need to be taken to strengthen the Scottish Government’s draft suicide prevention action plan.
That is the conclusion of the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee, following a period of evidence gathering from key stakeholders, including a meeting facilitated by the ALLIANCE to enable MSPs to hear directly from people affected by suicide in Scotland.
After taking oral evidence from organisations including ALLIANCE members SAMH, Samaritans Scotland and the Mental Health Foundation, and reviewing 13 written submissions, the Committee has outlined a dozen recommendations that aim to improve the plan.
The suggestions span areas including:
- The need for clear and transparent mechanisms for how the final plan will be resourced
- The establishment of a long term monitoring and evaluation framework to assess progress in delivering against the plan
- Details of specific support for families bereaved by suicide, available across the whole of Scotland
- Further information on how the plan will address inequality and at risk groups
The letter to the Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt MSP also called on the Government to fully recognise all of the previous recommendations made by Samaritans Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the ALLIANCE’s Health and Social Care Academy Programme, based on a period of engagement with people directly affected by suicide in late 2017 and early 2018.