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Local action plan - The Shetlands

Choose Life Co-ordinator, Karen Smith carries out suicide prevention work in Shetland through the multi - agency Shetland Mental Health Partnership, Sudden Deaths Group and Mind Your Head.  

Examples of key projects in Shetland include:

  • Suicide Prevention Week is delivered in partnership with Mind Your Head. A wee long high profile road - show travels the length and breadth of Shetland promoting the message 'stop saying I'm fine if you're not'.
  • Support Workers are in place in alcohol and drug services and community mental health services to support clients with anxiety issues and dual diagnosis
  • Ongoing media input throughout the year promotes the message of community connectedness and the importance of looking after neighbours, community etc.
  • ASIST: Training is currently delivered four times a year to help people become more ready, willing and able to intervene with someone who is at immediate risk of suicide. SafeTALK, Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health for Managers, Self Harm awareness sessions are all held 4 times a year via the Health Improvement Department
  • Close links are established with substance misuse and mental health: The Choose Life Coordinator sits on the Alcohol and Drug Partnership and Mental Health Partnership. Tier 3 Substance Misuse Treatment Services are delivered through Mental Health Services.
  • Self-harm / suicide prevention protocol: A young person's protocol has been developed and an adult protocol is in development stages incorporating the responding to distress element of the Suicide Prevention Strategy
  • Mind Your Head are currently exploring the possibility of establishing support services for children and young people and adults. This work will be finalised in summer 2016.

 View the Shetland Local Area Profile

Further information

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

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