Samaritans in Scotland welcome suicide prevention delivery plan 

Samaritans are pleased to have been invited to join the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group.

As the largest dedicated suicide prevention charity in the UK, we’re working alongside other group members to implement Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan and help create change for those affected by suicide.

James Jopling, Executive Direction for Samaritans in Scotland

The National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group has published its delivery plan, mapping out steps to implement the National Suicide Prevention Action Plan, published in August. We believe this delivery plan sets the right direction to make change happen. 

James Jopling, Executive Director for Samaritans in Scotland, said:

“As the largest dedicated suicide prevention charity in the UK, Samaritans were pleased to be invited to join the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group earlier this year.  We and other members have worked hard to develop the new delivery plan which maps out the next stages in delivering the Action Plan published in August.

No document alone is going to take away the devastation that every death by suicide brings to families across Scotland every single day.  But we believe this plan has the right elements to reduce the risk of and impact of suicide in Scotland.  

People at risk of suicide must be able to ask for help wherever they live, and have access to skilled staff and well-coordinated support.  Those affected by suicide must not feel alone. We must work harder to ensure that suicide is no longer stigmatised. And we must provide better support to those bereaved by suicide.

We believe the Minister for Mental Health, the Chair of the Leadership Group and the Delivery Plan are setting the right direction to make the changes needed.  As we work to deliver this plan, we must all hold ourselves to the experiences of those who have lost loved ones by suicide and make sure change happens.”

You can read the delivery plan here