Scotland's suicide prevention strategy 

The Scottish Government intends to consult on proposals for a new suicide prevention strategy this year, will the aim of publishing the strategy in early 2018

We will be actively engaging with the Scottish Government to inform the priorities and actions in the strategy. This page will be updated as work on this progresses. 

Scottish Government Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013-2016

The Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013- 2016 followed Scotland’s first national suicide prevention strategy Choose Life, which was created in 2002. The strategy sets out eleven commitments by Scottish Government which cover a broad cross-section of work, from reducing stigma to developing the data we have on suicides. 

The strategy identifies five key themes:

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


The most recent statistics, published by ScotPHO and National Records of Scotland, show that suicides increased in 2016. While we know that rates can fluctuate year-on-year, what we desperately don’t want to see is this rise in deaths turning into a trend. Read more about these statistics, and our comment, here.