Every Life Matters – Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan (from COSLA Elected Members Update)

This week saw the publication of guidance which aims to support local areas in the development of their suicide prevention action plans.  This guidance forms the first step in implementation of Action 1 of Every Life Matters – Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan which aims to support the development and delivery of suicide prevention action plans across all local areas in Scotland.

The guidance was informed by the most up to date knowledge, research and evidence and was developed in collaboration with local suicide prevention leads from across Scotland, COSLA, the Academic Advisory Group, Public Health Scotland, members of the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group and the Lived Experience Panel.

Work will now begin with a number of local areas to test the effectiveness of the guidance in order to inform future iterations.  Any questions or comments about the documents can be directed to Haylis Smith Suicide Prevention Lead Officer on haylis@cosla.gov.uk

The documents are all available on the COSLA website or can be accessed individually using the following links:

Document 1 – Introduction
Document 2 – Governance and Collaboration
Document 3 – Data, Evidence & Intelligence
Document 4 – Monitoring & Evaluation