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8 point action plan for Highland's suicide prevention strategy is released

By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Highland's suicide prevention action strategy 2023-25
Highland's suicide prevention action strategy 2023-25

An eight stage suicide prevention action plan has been launched in aid of reducing Highland suicide rates, targetting those in need of support.

Highland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan has been developed following an eight-month period of engagement with partners and stakeholders to review the priorities and organisation of the work being done by the Partnership’s Suicide Prevention Steering Group.

Over the course of the next three years, NHS Highland, Police Scotland and many local charities aim to implement an eight stage action plan to prevent suicide across the Highlands.

Creating Hope in Highland's eight point action plan includes:

1. Identifying groups most at risk of suicide and work to reduce the risk.

2. Ensure timely and effective support is available for people expressing suicidal thoughts.

3. Ensure that people in Highland have consistent access to crisis support.

4. Identify places of concern and develop actions to make them safer.

5. Ensure that people bereaved by suicide in Highland have opportunities to access timely support.

6. Ensure Highland workforces and communities are suicide aware and can respond appropriately.

7. Develop communications work to inform and to increase public knowledge on suicide and distress.

8. Work collaboratively with media outlets to provide guidance.

The full action plan is available via the Highland Community Planning Partnership website.

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