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The Scottish Government’s Suicide Prevention National Action Plan 2018 sets out 10 key actions with the aim to reduce the number of suicides in Scotland by 20% over the next 5 years.

  • establishing a National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group
  • the creation and implementation of refreshed mental health and suicide prevention training
  • ensuring a coordinated approach to public awareness raising campaigns
  • developing a Scottish Crisis Care Agreement to support those affected by suicide
  • making recommendations to service providers on differing models of crisis support
  • developing and supporting the delivery of innovations in digital technology that improve suicide prevention
  • preventative actions targeting at risk groups
  • ensuring the needs of children and young people are considered in relation to all the actions within the plan
  • ensuring that data, evidence and guidance is used to maximise impact in reducing numbers of suicide
  • developing appropriate reviews into all deaths by suicide and ensuring these are shared and acted upon.

The action plan highlights the need for local and national agencies working across different disciplines to work together to reduce the number of suicides in Scotland.


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The National Programme for Suicide Prevention has created performance stories of some of the key work achieved during the implemention of the suicide prevention strategy in Scotland at both a national and at a local level.

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