Local action plan - Midlothian
Midlothian has identified a range of local priorities for action:
Provide education and training about suicidal behaviour and promote awareness about the help available:
Suicide Prevention Week: A range of activities take place to raise awareness of suicide and what can be done to prevent it. This includes the Lothian Choose Life Five a Side Football Challenge Cup.
SafeTALK, ASIST, Mental Health First Aid and Managing Self Harm courses are available throughout the year in Midlothian.
Choose Life contributes to the http://www.midspace.co.uk/ mental health and wellbeing website. We also support the Healthy Reading scheme in local libraries, schools and colleges.
The use of social media is being investigated for the local dissemination of key suicide prevention messages.
Provide support to those affected by suicidal behaviour:
The Midlothian Steering Group continues to fund CRUSE to provide regular drop in sessions run by trained bereavement counsellors for those affected by suicide.
Identify and intervene to reduce suicidal behaviour in high risk groups:
The Men's Share project aims to reduce the risk and incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviour in the target high risk group of men living in Midlothian ages 25-50 years. Service users are often socially isolated and have experience of a range of issues including suicidal ideation and self-harm. The project offers outreach one to one and group work support in different locations, as well as a range of activities including 5 a side football, film, music and creative writing projects.
Work with children and young peoples’ service providers to develop a better coordinated approach to identifying and addressing the needs of young people at risk of suicide and/or self harm.
Develop and implement a coordinated approach to reduce suicidal behaviour:
A multi-agency steering group meets regularly and reports to Midlothian's Joint Metal Health Planning Group.
Partnership working with the Mid and East Lothian Public Protection unit provides a better coordinated approach to people experiencing distress.
Midlothian supports the Orchard Centre development project to offer community based services, complimentary therapies and awareness raising events throughout Midlothian.
View the Midlothian Menshare Performance Story
For more information about Midlothian’s suicide prevention activities, contact the Midlothian Choose Life Co-ordinator - view the full list of Choose Life Co-ordinators' contact details.