Suicide Prevention

National Guide on Suicide Prevention in Rural Areas

The National Guide on Suicide Prevention in Rural Areas aims to assist local areas to plan suicide prevention interventions in rural areas. The planning tool should be used in conjunction with the reference document, which sets out the evidence based approach and case study examples.

Locations of Concern guidance

The Locations of Concern guidance is based on the best practice guidance on action to be taken at suicide hotspots (2006) developed by Dr Christabel Owens and colleagues with the Research and Development Department and Devon Partnership NHS Trust in partnership with the Peninsula Medical School.

The Art of Conversation

The Art of Conversation includes sections on the myths and the signs of suicide, spotting the signs and helping and advice on starting difficult conversations. It aims to help the reader to be a good listener, details training courses and includes other available resources that are in place across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Supporting people bereaved by suicide: a good practice guide for organisations that respond to suicide

Supporting people bereaved by suicide: a good practice guide for organisations that respond to suicide promotes a generic and easily applied good practice approach to intervening and supporting people bereaved by suicide as part of a respondent’s professional portfolio of skills. It also focuses on the support needs of responders in being able to carry out their challenging role.

Read Between the lines Campaign

The Read Between the Lines Campaign calls on everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in their friends, families and workplaces. The message is that if you’re worried about someone, asking directly about their feelings can help to save their life.

Contact Darren Rocks, Senior Health Improvement Programme Officer (darrenrocks@nhs.net)

Suicide Prevention – Practitioner courses

Within this programme, there is a range of suicide prevention courses covering awareness and exploration, to suicide first aid skills which include: ASIST, safeTALK, STORM, STORM CYA (children and young adults) and suicideTALK. These courses are organised and delivered locally throughout Scotland. For further information, please contact the Learning and Workforce Development team by email (nhs.healthscotland-lwdteam@nhs.net).

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