Local action plan - East Dunbartonshire
East Dunbartonshire's suicide prevention programme is co-ordinated through Lynsay Haglington, Planning and Development Officer for Mental Health, Addictions and Autism and is overseen by the Prevention, Promotion and Inclusion Group.
The core suicide prevention activities in East Dunbartonshire have been focused on partnership working, training and raising awareness to help embed suicide prevention practices within the organisation of each stakeholder involved and within the community. It is the intention of this group to ensure that suicide prevention is a key priority across the area and East Dunbartonshire is developed as a suicide aware area.
One of the key areas of investment has been the local Training programme. East Dunbartonshire Council provides a range of training around suicide prevention and suicide alertness. Both SafeTALK and ASIST are offered to anyone living or working in the East Dunbartonshire area and SafeTALK has been offered to all eight secondary schools for pupils in years five and six and staff. Work is still on-going to provide suicide prevention training and coordinate activities within the school setting.
The 'On Edge' pack has recently been introduced within secondary schools to highlight self -harm as a priority, with the introduction of this pack work has been done to develop inter - agency self - harm guidelines to help support staff within the schools. This guidance also provides information around suicide as well as self - harm. Information leaflets are being developed for parents and carers as well as young people to be able to understand the complexities of suicide and self - harm and signpost on to the relevant support and / or training.
Information is disseminated across East Dunbartonshire for Suicide Prevention Week. Promotion of this week is an action for the Prevention, Promotion and Inclusion Partnership where all stakeholders ensure that they display relevant information and take part in any organised events.
Although information is displayed within Suicide Prevention Week and Mental Health Awareness Week, positive promotion continues throughout the year at events like the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival which takes place in August.
For more information about East Dunbartonshire’s suicide prevention activities, contact the East Dunbartonshire Choose Life Co-ordinator - view the full list of Choose Life Co-ordinators' contact details.