Local action plan - East Ayrshire
Suicide Prevention in East Ayrshire is currently being led by the Team Leader (Lifestyle Development, Older People and Wellbeing) from the Vibrant Communities service of East Ayrshire Council.
Current priorities include:
Suicide Prevention Programme
In Ayrshire we currently have a co-ordinated programme of safeTALK, ASSIST and STORM training which is administered by a member of staff from NHS Ayrshire and Arran and is supported by members of the Ayrshire Choose Life Group.
Awareness Raising and Suicide Prevention Week
Access to information. support and signposting to local organisations and groups is offered via the Community Health team via the CHIP van (mobile healthy living centre). Activity on Prescription schemes, exercise classes, walking groups and during visits offered to local groups and events. Regular campaigns are delivered to promote positive mental health and during September the national Suicide Prevention campaign is fully supported. The national campaign brings together the three Ayrshire localities to enhance local advertising via bus advertising, local radio advertising, etc. In addition locality promotions are also delivered to specific venues and groups eg Kilmarnock Football Club, Kilmarnock College, Council Staff.
Working with a range of partners
Suicide Prevention work is reported via the Mental Health and Learning Disability Partnership on a regular basis which has representatives from the statutory and voluntary sectors. The three localities in Ayrshire have also formed a working group to produce an Ayrshire Action Plan to ensure a cohesive approach to targeting suicide prevention is adopted. Links to local support groups are promoted and supported eg Break the Silence, Touched by Suicide Scotland.
For more information about East Ayrshire’s suicide prevention activities, contact the East Ayrshire Community Health Development Manager - view the full list of Choose Life Co-ordinators' contact details.