Renfrewshire Council

Choose Life

In 2002 Choose Life was launched- a ten-year national strategy and action plan from the Scottish Executive to prevent suicide in Scotland. The target was to reduce the rate of suicide by 20% by 2013

NHS Health Scotland leads the implementation of key aspects of the suicide prevention strategy through the national programme for suicide prevention in Scotland.

A nominated contact in each of Scotland's 32 local authority areas has a key role in implementing the local suicide prevention action plan. These are monitored by the local community planning partnership and are focused on developing a wide range of services and practical support, raising awareness, undertaking more research to improve knowledge about suicide prevention and providing training.

The suicide prevention team in Renfrewshire consists of a coordinator and a young person's resource worker employed by Renfrewshire Council Social Work Department.

- Raising public awareness through local media coverage, networking, presentations, involvement in events, developing local webpages and community roadshows

- A 'This is for you' card, posters and film to support safe planning with those who are suicidal. This was carried out in partnership with Recovery across Mental Health

- Renfrewshire Mental Health Directory to support workers / community members to acess appropriate support locally and nationally. This was in partnership with Acumen, Recovery across Mental Health and Renfrewshire Carers.

- Suicide and substance misuse research commisisoned in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

- Creation of 'On Edge' teaching pack for S2/3 pupils to tackle stigma and reduce myths around self harm in partnership with Choose Life Inverclyde, Choose Life West Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire Council and Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Improvement

- Survivors of Bereavement of Suicide - supporting a local self - help group for those who have been bereaved by suicide.

For further information contact: Rosemary Mullan, Choose Life co-ordinator, via: rosemary.mullan@renfrewshire.gov.uk or 0141 849 2229.

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