19 June 2018
The Scottish Government has announced a new £3 million innovation fund to support suicide prevention.
Speaking ahead of a debate on mental health, Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt also confirmed that a new suicide prevention plan would be published before the end of the month.
There were 728 suicides registered in Scotland during 2016, compared to 672 in 2015.
The BPS Scottish Branch Chair, Beth Hannah said:
“The Society welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement for additional funding to tackle suicide prevention and trusts this will go some way in reducing the number of unnecessary deaths by suicide in Scotland.
The Society published its Position Paper and call to action on Suicide Prevention last year and has also contributed to Scottish Government’s draft Suicide Prevention Action Plan. We believe that the Scottish Government should ensure clinical guidelines are adhered to and ensure evidence based treatments are available. Where the evidence-base allows, there should be easy access to prevention interventions, particularly in schools, online, and via mobile phone apps (self-help programmes, safety plans, and interventions).
We are looking forward to the final version of the Scottish Government’s final Suicide Prevention Action Plan and hope to see better support for those who self-harm after discharge from hospital, and the development of the evidence base for psychosocial interventions for those who self-harm.”