Creating Hope Together 2024

Thursday 07 March 2024

09.30-15.45 (registration from 08.30)

VOCO Grand Central Glasgow Central Station, 99 Gordon Street Glasgow, G1 3SF

Directions to the venue

Directions to the hotel are available here:

The closest train station is Glasgow Central station. There is an entrance to the hotel within the station concourse, close to the main ticket office.

The hotel is an 8min walk from Glasgow Queen Street station (0.3 mile) and the main entrance is at the corner of Hope Street and Gordon Street.

The closest Subway station is Buchanan Street.

Further details of parking are available on the hotel’s website here: Transportation to voco Grand Central Glasgow | Glasgow (


You can download the agenda here or scroll below to find out more. You can also view a map of the venue here. The main room for the Conference is the Grand Ballroom.


08:45 – 09:30   Registration

09:30 – 09:45  Welcome – Haylis Smith, National Delivery Lead

09:45 – 10:00  Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport, and

Councillor Paul Kelly COSLA Spokesperson for Health and Social Care

10:00 – 10:20  Last Lecture - Professor Steve Platt, Co-Chair of the Academic Advisory Group

10:20 – 10:30 Word of thanks - Rose Fitzpatrick CBE QPM, Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group

10:30 – 10:40  Introduction to Workshops

10:40 – 11:10  BREAK


  • MAIN ROOM: Panel Discussion - What informs our approach to suicide prevention? The role of academic and subject expertise, data, lived and living experience, and practice insight (A)
  • BUCHANAN ROOM: LGBTQ+ Suicide and Suicide Prevention: current research, practice and future directions (B)
  • GREAT WESTERN ROOM: Creating Hope with Communities (C)
  • WELLINGTON ROOM: Time Space Compassion in Safe Planning (D)


13:00 – 13:25 Plenary - Professor Amy Chandler, University of Edinburgh

13:30 – 14:25  BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • MAIN ROOM: Conversation cafe: Tackling the inequalities that contribute to suicide – population groups (E)
  • BUCHANAN ROOM: Identifying learning needs and exploring the impact of learning (F)
  • GREAT WESTERN ROOM: Challenging stigma – what more can we do? (G)
  • WELLINGTON ROOM: Suicide in the workplace (H)


  • MAIN ROOM: Conversation cafe: Tackling the inequalities that contribute to suicide – contributory factors (I)
  • BUCHANAN ROOM: The impact of peer support in suicide prevention (J)
  • GREAT WESTERN ROOM: Understanding the needs of children and young people (K)
  • WELLINGTON ROOM: Looking after ourselves and our colleagues – understanding and reducing the impact of vicarious trauma (L)

15:30 – 15.45 Next steps – Haylis Smith, National Delivery Lead

Event evaluation

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