Informing and educating on the ways to prevent suicide

Informing and educating on the ways to prevent suicide
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Supporting the NSPLG, people affected by suicide will join a new panel to inform and educate on the ways to prevent suicide.

“On World Suicide Prevention Day, it is important that we raise awareness and promote more understanding of suicide in our society. It is our goal to live in a country where suicide is preventable, where help and support is available to everyone contemplating suicide or to people who have lost a loved one to suicide”, said Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick.

The panel is a great initiative with the aim of tackling mental health will be made up of those who have previously attempted suicide or who have experienced suicidal thoughts and those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

A collaboration between mental health charities

Their personal experience will help support the Scottish Government’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group. The recruitment of the panel will be a collaboration between mental health charities including SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), Support in Mind, Samaritans and Penumbra.

Announcing the panel on World Suicide Prevention Day, Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said:

“Every life matters and no death by suicide should be regarded as either acceptable or inevitable. This is why the new lived experience panel will have a pivotal role in helping to inform and shape our action plan.

“Over the past decade we have made real progress in reducing deaths by suicide but we have more to do. We are addressing the stigma associated with suicide and encouraging more people to talk.”

“The panel should be a true representation of our society”

SAMH Chief Executive Billy Watson said: “SAMH has a long history of supporting people and families affected by suicide. We’ve campaigned vigorously to ensure anyone affected by suicide can get effective support now and in the future, and we believe that services which are shaped by the people who use them will deliver the best results.

“That’s why we’re so pleased to be supporting the development of a Lived Experience Panel.

“It’s a great opportunity for people who want to help make a difference to thousands of people’s lives. The panel should be a true representation of our society, so I encourage those from all backgrounds to join us and help make a difference that we can all be proud of.”

COSLA Health and Social Care Spokesperson Councillor Peter Johnston said: “We wholeheartedly welcome the views and participation of the Lived Experience Panel into the work of the Suicide Prevention Leadership Group.

“We know that making a difference locally means involving people with experience and knowledge of the subject and COSLA believes that this new development will ensure our work on local suicide prevention plans will be more informed and better focused on the people involved.”

The National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG)

Helping to drive the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan (2018), the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) has been established to assist and sets out a target to further reduce the rate of suicide by 20% by 2022.

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