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National and local implementation

Making improvements in how people think and behave about suicide is complex and needs a range of actions and approaches. Crucial to this is the co-ordination and delivery of efforts at both national and local levels.


National implementation 

NHS Health Scotland leads the implementation of key aspects of the suicide prevention strategy through the national programme for suicide prevention in Scotland. The programme team works in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders both local and national. Key tasks include:

In addition, the team deliver on specific outcomes on behalf of the Scottish Government as stated in the new Scottish Government suicide prevention action plan for Scotland (external link).

Local implementation

A nominated contact in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas has a key role in implementing the local suicide prevention action plan. These are monitored by the local community planning partnership and are focused on developing a wide range of services and practical support, raising awareness, undertaking more research to improve knowledge about suicide prevention and providing training.

To find out about suicide prevention work in your area, you can view the local action plans or contact your Choose Life Co-ordinator for more information.

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