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Local action plan - Perth and Kinross

The Choose Life Coordinator role in Perth and Kinross is the responsibility of the Council's Mental Health Policy Officer.

Within Perth and Kinross, the Suicide Prevention Local Action Plan covers 4 broad main areas of activity:

  • Awareness Raising Activities - Partners work together to promote the key messages around suicide prevention such as 'Suicide. Don't Hide it. Talk about it' during campaigns such as Breathing Space Day and Suicide Prevention Week.
  • Training - There are various training opportunities available to enable a person to recognise when a person may be feeling suicidal and how to ensure they get the support they need, such as SafeTALK, Scottish Mental Health First Aid and ASIST.
  • Crisis Services - Suicide Prevention money is used to fund a range of services which target people who experience suicidal feelings: counselling services provided though Mindspace, Barnardo's Hopscotch and Perthshire Women's Aid; support work delivered through the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre and the Web; and the recrutiment and training of Samaritans volunteers and Victim Support volunteers.
  • Information and Evaluation - There is an on - going annual analysis of information made available through Police Scotland on their response to calls from people who self - harm or attempt suicide; and a review of completed suicides. Support is also provided through Tayside Suicide Annual Review Group which is being set up to review completed suicides across Tayside and to find out whether any lessons can be learned and improvements made.


View the Mindspace Counselling performance story

View the Victim Support performance story

View the Web Based Project performance story

View the Samaritans performance story

View the Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre performance story

View the ASIST, SafeTALK and SuicideTALK Training performance story   

Further information

For more information about Perth and Kinross’ suicide prevention activities, contact the Perth and Kinross Choose Life Co-ordinator - view the full list of Choose Life Co-ordinators' contact details.

Perth and Kinross Suicide Prevention Local Action Plan

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