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Suicide prevention action plan: engagement paper

Published: 8 Mar 2018
Part of:
Health and social care
ISBN:
9781788516051

This paper invites public comment on proposals for a future suicide prevention action plan.

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16 page PDF

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Contents
Suicide prevention action plan: engagement paper
Challenges

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Challenges

Scotland's story is one of progress in this field and we want the Action Plan to support continuous improvement especially in the following areas: the NHS, the general population, and health inequalities.

Within NHS settings, the overall risk of a patient in contact with any particular healthcare service dying from suicide is very low. The Scottish Suicide Information Database ( ScotSID) has shown that 70% (3583) of those who completed suicide in the period 2009 to 2015 had some contact with NHS healthcare services in the 12 months prior to death [5] .

Regarding the general population, the ScotSID report refers to a 30% (1536) "…sizeable minority of the 'at risk' population who are not in contact with healthcare services prior to death but who have unmet mental health (and other) needs" [6] .

The high rates of suicide among males, people in their 'middle years', people who are not married/partnered and people who live in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage point to the challenging areas of health inequalities and groups "at risk" of suicide [7] [8] . A research briefing suggests that those who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual have a greater risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts [9] .

We want to ensure that wider transformation in health, including mental health, takes full account of suicide prevention and provides a mechanism to use resources to continue the downward trend in suicides that we all want to see.


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