Suicide prevention plans & better support for people in distress or crisis

Two people die by suicide every day in Scotland. Too often, people in crisis don’t receive the support they need. That’s why we’re calling on local authorities to tackle the stigma around suicide, support people in distress, and reduce deaths. We want models like the Distress Brief Intervention - where help from frontline emergency services is followed by personalised support from trained professionals – to be available to those who need it. 

Councillors can help by ensuring their local authority:

  • Develops a fully-funded local suicide prevention plan with agencies involved in reducing suicide and people with lived experience of suicide. 
  • Develops a Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) service, in partnership with the NHS and third sector, in their area following the completion of the pilot in 2024. 

Suicide prevention

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