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Local action plan - Western Isles

The strategy and action plan for the Western Isles for suicide prevention aims to ensure we take action locally to build skills, improve knowledge and awareness of 'what works',  improve opportunities to prevent premature loss of life and provide hope and optimism for the future. 

Work has continued on the delivery of training with a specific focus on increasing the numbers attending these training events. We  now have a training network of eight trainers throughout the Western Isles to deliver ASIST. These trainers work between all sectors which has increased flexibility when organising workshops. Similarly we are also rolling out a number of other training packages such as STORM which is key to reaching the target of training of front line staff.

Raising awareness, training and engaging with a range of networks are key features of the work undertaken. In support of national Choose Life objectives and priority groups, the local area has:

  • maintained positive links with the local press which has allowed us to deliver consistent messages across the islands and to engage with partners we may not have previous to this.
  • used Suicide Prevention Week successfully to engage the wider community in the suicide prevention agenda, through a number of press campaigns, information points, and training.
  • concentrated activities on children and young people mainly via awareness raising activities. Done in partnership with the CAMHS team, and in line with the delivery of self harm training.
  • recognised that some groups, particularly older people, and those living in isolated communities have received less attention. Action to address this is now being considered. There is a strong link with the National Remote and Rural Suicide Group, and regular links to the national work being undertaken in relation to guidance on this.
  • an increased awareness that people who repeatedly self-harm, substance misuse and men not in contact with services require further consideration as key determinants and gaps.

The most important considerations are still sustainability and the ability to support the communities’ vulnerability to suicide and self harm. It is encouraging to see however that we are continuing to take serious action to address suicide.

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Further information

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

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