Local Area Suicide Prevention Action Plan Guidance

The following guidance aims to support local areas in the development of their suicide prevention action plans.  This guidance forms the first step in implementation of Action 1 of Every Life Matters – Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan which aims to support the development and delivery of suicide prevention action plans across all local areas in Scotland.

The guidance was informed by the most up to date knowledge, research and evidence and was developed in collaboration with local suicide prevention leads from across Scotland, COSLA, the Academic Advisory Group, Public Health Scotland, members of the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group and the Lived Experience Panel.

Work will now begin with a number of local areas to test the effectiveness of the guidance in order to inform future iterations.


Document 1 – Introduction
Document 2 – Governance and Collaboration
Document 3 – Data, Evidence & Intelligence
Document 4 – Monitoring & Evaluation
Document 5 - Participation Practice

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Induction Resources

Induction Pack for Suicide Prevention Leads - Document
Chief Officers Public Protection Induction Resource - Document
Chief Officers Public Protection Induction Resource - Slides

Co-production with young people

Suicide Prevention Scotland has launched a new series of films created with young people exploring how to involve them, meaningfully, in co-production.

North Ayrshire

The first of our films focusing on how to meaningfully involve young people in decision making takes us to Irvine in North Ayrshire. Max, Dionne, and Jaymie along with Donna and Sarah talk us through how young people are embedded in the process.

Youth Advisory Group

Next we're with our Suicide Prevention Scotland Youth Advisory Group to learn about how good co-production works.  Callum, Ashleigh, Skye and Hazel, with Chris & Jenny, give us the lowdown. The group is hosted by  Children in Scotland and University of Stirling.

West Dunbartonshire

Finally, Dylan, Ainsley, and Marileigh with Craig, Martin and Allison from West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership reflect on the work of their community's Youth Council - it's been super effective!