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Scottish Government: Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013 - 2016, 03/12/13 [S]

The Scottish Government's suicide prevention strategy to 2016 sets out key areas of work that it believes will continue to reduce the number of suicides in Scotland.

The Scottish Government’s strategy to reduce suicide focuses on 5 key themes of work in communities and in services with 11 commitments to continue the downward trend in suicides and contribute to the delivery of the National Outcome to enable people to live longer, healthier lives.

The key themes are:

A Responding to people in distress

B Talking about suicide

C Improving the NHS response to suicide

D Developing the evidence base

E Supporting change and improvement

It focuses on practical actions that can be taken to prevent suicide and looks at key areas for future work. These include:

  • examining how existing data can be used to inform better service responses to those at risk of suicide who attend A&E
  • developing approaches to ensure more regular review of those on long-term drug treatment for mental illness so that patients receive the safest and most appropriate treatment
  • testing ways of improving the detection and treatment of depression and anxiety in people with long term/chronic conditions

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Scottish Government: Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013 - 2016

Scottish Government news release