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Football clubs across Scotland will be among the first to receive a new mental health & suicide prevention training resource for their players and staff.
Funded by the Scottish Government and created by NHS National Education for Scotland and NHS Health Scotland, the online resource will be shared with all 42 professional football clubs, along with 300 mental health first aiders employed by around 80 football organisations throughout the country. It will also be shared across all junior, youth, women’s, amateur and para-football leagues and clubs, reaching around 190,000 players.
The training, which is part of the Scottish Government’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan, will also be distributed to all local authorities and will be included in NHS health board workforce development planning from June 2019.
Alongside the online resource, NHS Health Scotland and NHS Education Scotland will be publishing a new Knowledge and Skills Framework and Workforce Development Plan for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. These will be applicable across both NHS Scotland and wider public services.