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National Guidance and Evidence

A key objective is to ensure that interventions to reduce suicidal behaviour are informed by evidence from research.  Vital pieces of research from NHS Health Scotland, Scottish Government and national and international academics continue to inform the implementation of the suicide prevention action plan.

The Art of Conversation: A Guide to talking, listening and reducing stigma surrounding suicide (external link)

The Art of Conversation includes sections on the myths and the signs of suicide, spotting the signs and helping, and advice on starting difficult conversations. It aims to help the reader to be a good listener, details training courses and includes other available resources that are in place across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

National Guide on Suicide Prevention in Rural Areas (external link)

This is a two-part evidence-informed guide that aims to assist local areas to plan suicide prevention interventions in rural areas. The planning tool needs to be used in conjunction with the reference document, which sets out the evidence-based approach and case study examples.

Supporting people bereaved by suicide: a good practice guide for organisations that respond to suicide (external link)

This publication promotes a generic and easily-applied good practice approach to intervening and supporting people bereaved by suicide as part of a responder’s professional portfolio of skills. It also focuses on the support needs of responders in being able to carry out their challenging role.

Guidance on action to reduce suicides at locations of concern (external link)

This guidance is about preventing suicides at locations of concern and is an important part of the suicide prevention strategy in Scotland. A location of concern has been defined as 'a specific, usually public, site which is frequently used as a location for suicide and which provides either means or opportunity for suicide'. This guidance recognises the need for a range of agencies working in partnership and is adapted from the Australian Government Department of Health publication, Preventing Suicide at Suicide Hotspots.  

Scottish Suicide Information Database Report (external link)

The overall purpose of ScotSID is to provide a central repository for information on all probable suicide deaths in Scotland, in order to support epidemiology, policy making and preventive activity. The database covers demographic information, contact with health services and related health data and will eventually (through inclusion of information from other data sources) provide further details relating to the suicide event and the wider social circumstances of the deceased.



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