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(Scottish Government) Engagement Process of the Draft Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2018

12 March 2018

Every life matters and everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. The impact of suicide on families, friends and communities is devastating and has long lasting consequences.

Our existing Suicide Prevention Strategy covered the period 2013-16 and set out a range of commitments under 5 broad themes:

  • Responding to people in distress
  • Talking about suicide
  • Improving the NHS response to suicide
  • Developing the evidence base
  • Supporting change and improvement

The Scottish Government is seeking views on themes and draft actions for possible inclusion in a new Suicide Prevention Action Plan aimed at continuing the downward trend in suicides in Scotland.

The themes and draft actions have been published in an engagement paper on 8 March 2018, and have arisen from discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, including people with lived experience, over the past few months.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in contributing to this consultation, please send your comments to Nigel Atter ([email protected]) who is leading the Society’s response, by Friday 13th April using the attached response form.

Nigel is the British Psychological Society’s Policy Advisor and works for the Policy Team.

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on Clinical opinion

If you have any queries at all - please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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