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.