National Programme for Suicide Prevention
Activities over the last seven years have been categorised under the following headings:
Capacity building and raising awareness
This work is to support delivery of the five different training courses we promote for suicide intervention skills (ASIST, STORM, safeTALK, suicideTALK and SMHFA), the development of campaigns appropriate to reach their intended audiences (‘Suicide. Don’t hide it. Talk about it.’ and ‘Read between the lines’.) in partnership with key stakeholders, publishing and disseminating resources for greatest impact, responding to requests for support from local areas to promote suicide prevention, ensuring the Choose Life website is up to date and co-ordinating and distributing the Choose Life e-bulletin.
Develop and disseminate resources that are evidence-informed - This includes convening and leading working groups with appropriate stakeholders to inform the development of national guides that will best support and inform practice and monitoring their reach and impact.
Develop and strengthen relationships - This has involved meeting and sharing information with national partners and participating in various national groups that request expert input on suicide prevention. Tailored support is provided to local areas as requested. We speak at various events, local, national and international, on the work of the national programme and suicide prevention in Scotland and have designed, delivered and hosted innovative programmes, often at short notice, for visitors from several other countries, including Hungary, Israel and the Republic of Korea.
More detailed information on a number of initiatives can be found in the following national programme performance stories: