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Response to development of a new suicide prevention strategy for Scotland

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 19th November 2021
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The ALLIANCE has submitted a response to the Scottish Government's questionnaire on the development of a new suicide prevention strategy.

The ALLIANCE welcomes the opportunity to respond to the development of the new Suicide Prevention Strategy for Scotland (this link will take you away from our website).

We have now published our response, drawing on our research and feedback from our members. The ALLIANCE recommends that the following priorities should be at the heart of the new Suicide Prevention Strategy for Scotland:

  • Service provision for mental health and suicide prevention needs to be broad, ranging from preventative and recovery services to critical support.
  • Eligibility criteria and long waiting lists are significant barriers to people being able to access mental health support at the right time; these issues need to be addressed, particularly within the proposed service redesign in the National Care Service, but also in wider policy work and strategies.
  • Third sector organisations should be valued and sustainably funded, as one of the key providers of support for people considering or who have survived suicide, and people affected by suicide.
  • Health and social care staff at all levels should be trained in supported (not substitute) decisions making, mental health and suicide prevention awareness training, and in trauma informed and human rights based approaches.
  • Any system to provide mental health and suicide prevention services should be co-produced with people with lived experience of mental health problems and their families.

 

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