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Choose Life e-bulletin February 2017

Thursday 23 February 2017

Choose Life e-bulletin February 2017

This ‘best practice’ checklist is intended to be used for identifying the areas of policy and action that might be expected to fall within the scope of sub-national (regional or local) action.

Choose Life e-bulletin September 2016

Samaritans Partnership

Friday 12 August 2016

Partnership between Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline Samaritans and NHS Fife Unscheduled Care Assessment Team (UCAT).

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 recognizes 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.

News items

Evaluability assessment of Distress Brief Interventions

Health Scotland's evaluability assessment of Distress Brief Interventions

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Issue 2 of the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) Programme Briefing

Distress Brief Intervention is a short intervention for people experiencing distress who do not need emergency medical treatment. Specially trained staff can support them to manage difficult emotions and problem situations early on, and help develop a ‘distress plan’ to prevent future crisis.

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Best practice checklist for suicide prevention at a local level

Best practice checklist development for suicide prevention in local areas.

Friday 3 February 2017

Distress Brief Intervention Update

The Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) pilot scheme is the latest piece of work funded by the Scottish Government.

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Suicide Statistics for Scotland

The annual update of suicide statistics is now available from the Scottish Public Health Observatory website.

Friday 12 August 2016

Resources from another website

This booklet is written for those who are likely to be most affected. It is in three parts: Part 1 covers practical issues, like registering the death, funeral expenses etc; Part 2 deals with the feelings and emotions that people may experience and suggests ways of dealing with these; Part 3 contains usefull resources such as videos and contact details for organisations and groups that may be able to help those bereaved by suicide. The circumstances around each death can be very different. This booklet aims to be a general guide and tries to address some of the common issues. It was created by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

Guide to talking about suicide, aimed at professionals. 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.

These Scottish Executive Report Findings are a 4-page summary of the larger 2007 report of the same name. The original report was about a project which aimed to support the implementation of national suicide prevention policy by providing detailed information on the epidemiology of suicide at national and local levels.

This guidance, published by the Choose Life team at NHS Health Scotland, is about preventing suicides at locations of concern. It is an important part of the suicide prevention strategy in Scotland. It is both practical and recognises the need for a range of agencies working in partnership.

This report is for anyone with an interest in mental health, equality and diversity. It contains two sets of complementary information. The first is a write-up from a round table discussion in Scotland held in September 2007. The second is a set of resources organised in relation to the six equality and diversity strands – gender, age, sexual orientation, race & ethnicity and religion & belief.

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