Scotland's Approach to Suicide Prevention: Supporting Individuals, Improving Services

In Scotland, two people die by suicide every day. At this event we will scrutinise the next steps to be taken to ensure that the Scottish Government implements an effective suicide prevention strategy.

In association with

Every life matters and everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention

The Scottish Government have committed to publishing a new strategy, due in summer 2018. With the strategy currently out for consultation, it is crucial that we shape action now.

Scotland needs a 'whole-society approach' to suicide prevention, requiring public, private and third sector organisations to work together to build the right environment for people to seek and access help when they need it.

Join us at this timely Holyrood policy briefing where we will examine the future of suicide prevention policy in Scotland. We will consider the next steps to ensure everyone in Scotland can access the help and support they need, when they need it most.

Confirmed speakers

  • James Jopling, Executive Director, Samaritans (Scotland) 
  • Toni Giugliano, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Mental Health Foundation (Scotland)  
  • Shirley Windsor, Organisational Lead (Public Mental Health), NHS Health Scotland 
  • Liam Yule, Suicide Prevention Community Development Manager, SAMH
  • Fiona Benton, Assistant Director, SAMH 
  • Robert Nesbitt, Head of Physical Activity and Sport, SAMH

Who will benefit from attending?

This event of great benefit to those working to reduce harm and risk for vulnerable individuals, including;

  • Mental health practitioners, mental health nurses
  • Project workers, social workers and those working in support and development
  • Third sector and independent organisations working within the sector
  • Counsellors and psychiatrists
  • NHS board staff, healthcare improvements officers and primary care practitioners

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Update on the Scottish Government’s new suicide prevention strategy
  • Importance of a universal response to suicide prevention
  • Building an evidence-base on how to support and target high risk groups more effectively
  • Examining how we can improve the use of evidence, data and guidance to maximise the impact of national and local activity, and how we can train out staff to deal with mental health issues at the outset
  • Developing the use of social media and online resources
  • Recognising the warning signs and taking early action

Agenda*

09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: Policy and Overview

  • Scrutinising the Scottish Government's suicide prevention strategy
  • Examining the outcomes of the consultation 
  • Current trends and demographics for suicide in Scotland and beyond 
  • Key opportunities and challenges for future service delivery - delegates will lead the discussion and identify key opportunities and challenges going forward, and the key learning outcomes that they would like to take away from the day

10.05 Scrutinising The Scottish Government's Suicide Prevention Action Plan

  • How will the new plan reduce suicides in Scotland?
  • What are the priorities?
  • Where will we most usefully direct limited resources?
  • How can we ensure those with lived experience/professional and personal insight are part of the plan?

James Jopling, Executive Director, Samaritans (Scotland) 

Toni Giugliano, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Mental Health Foundation (Scotland)  

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Learning from and Sharing Good Practice

  • In this session we will examine a range of case studies which will demonstrate good practice. We will hear from those in the sector who have developed effective programmes and approaches for preventing suicide. This session will be run by our event partner, SAMH. 

Speakers include: 

  • Liam Yule, Suicide Prevention Community Development Manager, SAMH
  • Fiona Benton, Assistant Director, SAMH
  • Robert Nesbitt, Head of Physical Activity and Sport, SAMH

12:40    Questions and Discussion

13:15    Lunch and Networking

13:45    Session 3: The Future of Service Delivery

  • Reflecting on the 2013-2016 strategy; Responding to people in distress; Talking about suicide; Improving the NHS response to suicide; Developing the evidence base; and Supporting change and improvement
  • Modernising the content and accessibility of training
  • Developing the use of social media and online resources

Speakers include: 

  • Shirley Windsor, Organisational Lead (Public Mental Health), NHS Health Scotland 

15:15    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
21 August 2018

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