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Local action plan - Lothian

Led by the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team (Strategic Planning Directorate), suicide prevention is one strand of the local Joint Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy: A Sense of Belonging 2011–2016. This programme is developed and delivered by: Linda Irvine, Strategic Programme Manager; Rachel King, Senior Health Promotion Specialist; local coordinators; the third sector; and members of the Programme Board.

A number of innovative and effective projects have been carried out over the last 10 years including:

  • Young Guns training - awareness-raising and focused events for those working with youngmen, and for young men themselves.
  • Oor Mad History - documenting the local development of the service user movement over the last three decades. The aim is that this will also be a driver for change.
  • 12S -  working with local colleges and universities to raise awareness of mental health and risk of suicide and self-harm. This included small project work delivering training and resources about self-harm and high risk groups, such as international students.
  • MHAFF (Mental Health Arts and Film Festival)  - an annual programme of arts events to highlight the role that arts plays in promoting mental wellbeing and supporting people with mental health problems.


View the Suicide Prevention Training performance story

For more information about NHS Lothian’s suicide prevention activities, contact the Senior Health Improvement Specialist.

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