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Local action plan - West Dunbartonshire

Suicide prevention and self - harm reduction activity in West Dunbartonshire is overseen by the West Dunbartonshire Community Health and Care Partnership. The strategic coordination and activity is led by Bob Purdon , Health Improvement Lead and Audrey Reid, Health Improvement Senior.

This is a summary of previous and ongoing work in West Dunbartonshire:

  • Trained almost 4000 people in suicide interventions and awareness programmes
  • West Dunbartonshire represented Scotland in an international evaluation of Seasons for Growth (Southern Cross University 2011) (external link). Seasons for Growth adults programme has successfully been implemented across West Dunbartonshire.
  • Produced a comprehensive guide for those working with young people involved with Self Harm and suicide which has been adopted by CELCIS as an example of good practice
  • Contributed to the development of a standardised self - harm training resource now implemented across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • All five secondary schools have adopted the Positive Mental Health Pack, supported by a theatre production "On Edge" (Self Harm) which has been transferred to DVD accompanies by a teaching resource in line with Curriculum for Excellence
  • Working to support people with mental illness or substance misuse to receive co-ordinated support across all services including Police Scotland personnel
  • Trained in excess of 100 Police Scotland personnel
  • Worked with local housing projects to develop and deliver a short mental health course along with supporting art activities to be delivered to young people who are in temporary housing accommodation.
  • Developed and delivered a short mental health course specifically designed for smoking cessation advisors who work across the West Dunbartonshire area. All advisors have now received this training
  • Worked closely with Transport Scotland, Police Scotland and local community councils to efefct raised parapet barriers on Erskine Bridge
  • Contributed to 'Mindwaves' Project which supports people to report through a variety of media on Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing stories throughout NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Stepping Stones support service for people with mental health problems, promoting self help, social development and mental wellbeing.

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

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