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' to prevent suicide, improve opportunities to prevent premature loss of life and provide hope and optimism for the future. This was followed with the Scottish Government work on Towards a Mentally Flourishing Scotland, 2009-2011 which sets out targets and commitments for the development of mental health services in Scotland.
The continued focus over this period is on the delivery of training, with a specific focus on targeting - increasing training numbers by targeted work. This was further supported by working with at risk groups and a whole network focus – shared support and skills. Choose Life in the Western Isles has had to work hard locally with mainstream health services to achieve this:
Raising awareness, training and engaging with a range of networks have been key features of Phase Three in the Western Isles. Indeed, this highlights how the process of Choose Life implementation has played a significant role in creating alliances and partnerships. In support of national Choose Life objectives and priority groups, the local area has:
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.
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.
0800 83 85 87
08457 90 90 90