New Scottish Government plans to cut suicide rate
New plans have been announced to try to cut Scotland’s suicide rate by a fifth by 2022.
The Scottish Government want all NHS staff to receive suicide prevention training – and will also launch new awareness campaigns.
There are 10 measures in total, which were created following talks with affected families, charities and academics.
It follows a recent study, which found one in nine young adults in the country have attempted to end their life.
Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey said, “Every life matters and no death by suicide should be regarded as either acceptable or inevitable.
“Over the past decade, Scotland has made real progress in reducing deaths by suicide but we have far more to do.
“We want a Scotland where suicide is preventable, and where anyone contemplating suicide or who has lost a loved one gets the support they need.
“This plan sets out how the Scottish Government and our partners will achieve this and it makes clear that suicide prevention is everyone’s business.
“Our approach recognises the need to work together across sectors and organisations to identify and support people in distress, strengthen communities, and save lives.”
We welcome @scotgov Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan published today which shows ambition and commitment to making suicide prevention a national priority ➡ https://t.co/RZjNkf53Xs pic.twitter.com/pgFQQGApcx
— SAMH (@SAMHtweets) August 9, 2018
The Scottish Government will set up a National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group by September and former Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick will chair the group.
She commented, “I am deeply aware of the significance and importance of the group’s work, and confident that by working closely with a range of partners to take on the range of important actions in this national plan, we can all make a real difference.
“The plan has been developed with partners, stakeholders and people who have been directly affected by suicide.
“Together with all members of the leadership group, I am very grateful to those people who took the time to contribute.
“Your views and experiences have been vitally important, and I look forward to continuing to work with you.”
Scottish Association for Mental Health chief executive Billy Watson added, “We welcome Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action, which shows ambition and commitment to making suicide prevention a national priority.
“We have been encouraged by the decrease in the number of deaths by suicide in recent years, however we cannot become complacent.
“When someone dies by suicide, it has an impact like no other.
“We are pleased to see a number of SAMH calls have been agreed and included in the action plan, particularly a national target of 20% reduction of suicides by 2022.
“We look forward to playing a leading role in implementing this new action plan.”