Suicide Prevention Strategy Development

The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) will publish a new Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan for Scotland, in September 2022.

This strategy will be long term and outcomes focused and will replace the current Suicide Prevention Action Plan which was published in 2018 and is currently delivered through the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG).

We are now seeking views on the draft Strategy and Action Plan. The consultation is open until midnight on Sunday 21 August 2022. You can share your views via the online consultation.

The consultation will be hosted via Citizen Space, the Scottish Government’s online consultation platform. You can access the consultation using this link: https://consult.gov.scot/mental-health-unit/suicide-prevention-strategy-for-scotland

You may also wish to read the consultation document which contains the same questions as the online version but provides you with the option to respond ‘offline’. That document can be accessed using this link: https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781804357040

If you have any questions, you can contact the Strategy development team directly by emailing: contact@suicidepreventionengagement.scot

Background: Development of the Strategy and Engagement to Date

Since September 2021 the Scottish Government, COSLA and Public Health Scotland (PHS) have carried out extensive early engagement with key stakeholders, partners, groups and communities across Scotland - participation levels have been extremely high.

By taking a ‘multi-stage’ approach to engagement at all of the key stages of the strategy development, we have sought to ensure stakeholders, partners, communities and people with lived experience of suicide, have had their views heard in a meaningful way. Hearing these views throughout the development of the strategy has supported the drafting of the strategy and action plan, which means that people across the country have helped to co-develop the vision, principles, priorities and outcomes of the strategy and the focus of the action plan.

We have also engaged proactively with key sectors and partners who we feel can play a key role in preventing suicide, within and beyond the health and social care sector.

In helping us develop a draft of this Strategy and Action Plan, we have also considered established international evidence on suicide prevention, such as guidance from the World Health Organisation.

A report on analysis of early engagement activity is available via the Scottish Government website at the following link: Suicide prevention strategy development: early engagement - summary report.

A New Suicide Prevention Strategy for Scotland - Early Engagement Activity