Suicide Prevention Strategy Development

In June 2021, the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care announced that a new suicide prevention strategy and action plan would be published jointly by the Scottish Government and COSLA in September 2022.

We are now reaching out to people across Scotland, to hear about what is working well and about what could work better to help reduce suicide. This will help shape the new Suicide Prevention Strategy.

A New Suicide Prevention Strategy for Scotland - Early Engagement Events

WHAT MORE CAN WE DO TO PREVENT SUICIDE IN SCOTLAND?
For the last twenty years and more, there has been much work focused on supporting individuals, families and communities to develop support and services for those who are in such distress that they think about taking their own life and for those who are bereaved by suicide. But we still have a high number of suicides in Scotland so what more can we do?

To help us develop the next national strategy on suicide prevention, we want to hear from you as local people, groups and communities about what matters to you – whether that is how we address the factors which contribute to suicide, how we can be more confident about speaking about suicide, knowing where to get help if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or what and when support is really needed for those affected by suicide. Now is your chance to contribute…


HOW YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY
We will hold a series of online events which will be a mix of ‘regional’ and ‘national’ events. Regional online events will look into suicide prevention in the context of the area you live, where national online events will consider the Scotland-wide context.

There is the opportunity to attend either or both types of events – pre booking will be required.

You can also contribute via an online questionnaire which will be open from Monday 27 September 2021 until Sunday 21 November 2021.

Details of dates and times for the online workshops can be found below. Please note any of these may be subject to cancellation at short notice but you will be contacted as soon as possible if this occurs.

If you have any questions, get in touch: contact@suicidepreventionengagement.scot

HOW TO BOOK
Click on the time of the session you want to attend from the below lists and you will be redirected to the Eventbrite page to compete your booking.

Regional Events

Please choose the region you think your local authority area falls into. If you would like support with this, please contact: contact@suicidepreventionengagement.scot

RegionAvailable Dates and Times
Aberdeen and North EastMonday 4 October: 15:00 – 17:30
Friday 8 October: 10:00 – 12:30
Wednesday 3 November: 13:30 – 16:00
Edinburgh and LothiansMonday 11 October: 15:00 – 17:30
Thursday 14 October: 13:30 – 16:00
Thursday 11 November: 10:00 – 12:30
Highlands and IslandsFriday 1 October: 10:00 – 12:30
Thursday 7 October: 15:00 – 17:30
Thursday 28 October: 13:30 – 16:00
Tayside, Central and FifeWednesday 29 September: 10:00 – 12:30 or 15:00 – 17:30
Monday 18 October: 13:30 – 16:00
Scotland SouthWednesday 6 October: 10:00 – 12:30 or 13:30 – 16:00
Tuesday 26 October: 15:00 – 17:30
Glasgow and StrathclydeTuesday 5 October: 10:00 – 12:30 or 13:30 – 16:00
Thursday 21 October: 13:30 – 16:00

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National Events

Split into Morning (10:00 – 12:30), Lunchtime (13:30 – 16:00), Afternoon (14:00 – 16:30) or Evening (18:00-20:30), please click the one you would like to attend to be put through to booking.

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
w/c 27 Sept   Morning 
w/c 4 OctMorning  Morning 
w/c 11 Oct MorningMorning
Lunchtime
 Lunchtime
w/c 18 Oct   Morning 
w/c 25 OctLunchtimeMorningMorningMorning 
w/c 1 Nov Morning Morning
Lunchtime
Morning
w/c 8 NovMorningLunchtimeLunchtime  
w/c 15 NovLunchtime

Lunchtime

Evening

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AN ADDITIONAL SESSION WILL BE HELD: SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER (MORNING)

Information for Those Attending Engagement Sessions

The following documents contain further information about the new Suicide Prevention Strategy development

A New Suicide Prevention Strategy for Scotland - Background Briefing for Engagement (Word document)

Online Engagement Session Plan (Word document)