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Extra funding for suicide prevention

Published: 13 Jun 2018 00:01

Leadership group to deliver innovation fund.

Suicide prevention services will benefit from an additional £3 million innovation fund, Mental Health Minister Maureen Watt has announced.

Speaking ahead of a debate on mental health, Ms Watt also confirmed that a new suicide prevention plan would be published before the end of the month.

The Minister said:

“Our suicide prevention plan will invest an extra £3 million into a new suicide prevention fund to support a Leadership Group to secure innovation and act as a driver for new work to help prevent suicides across Scotland. This is on top of the current spending of over £2 million annually on suicide prevention services.

“As we begin to break down the stigma and better understand how to care for mental health the demand increases and we expect to see detailed plans for taking forward new models of support and services to improve performance, including through partnership with the third sector. We are also working with those who have used services to ensure that as we reshape services we reflect the needs of those seeking support and treatment and align this with medical delivery plans.”