NHS Health Scotland
Ask. Tell. Save a life.
Yesterday marked the start of Suicide Prevention Week 2019 (9-15 September) and we are pleased to support it. We believe that working together helps prevent suicide and this is a week in which all organisations can highlight what they are doing to make that happen.
In 2018 there were 784 deaths by suicide in Scotland, and each death can impact up to 135 people. Suicide affects us all, therefore suicide prevention is everyone’s business.
Gerry McLaughlin, NHS Health Scotland Chief Executive, yesterday said:
“The theme of this year’s Suicide Prevention Week, working together to help prevent suicide, is a reminder that we can all save a life by talking openly and asking someone if they are thinking about suicide if we are worried about them.
“Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan aims to reduce suicide by 20% by 2022. One of the actions focussed on achieving this is the commitment for all NHS staff to receive mandatory mental health and suicide prevention training.
“And so, together with our colleagues in NHS Education for Scotland (NES), we have developed 3 short animations designed to help the whole NHS workforce support mental health and prevent suicide.
“We know that people thinking about suicide do not want to die - they want to end the pain they are in. Talking openly and compassionately about suicide therefore reduces the risk of death. We are committed to playing our part in reducing the tragic and preventable deaths by suicide in Scotland.”
Latest News from
NHS Health Scotland
Vaccinate globally and reduce cancer-causing HPV in Scotland16/12/2019 15:10:00
In the lead up to Christmas NHS Health Scotland is encouraging Scotland’s S1 school children to learn about the HPV vaccine being provided to boys and girls this academic year, and gift a vaccine for a child in a developing country through UNICEF by completing Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) lessons.
TV and panto star says get protected against flu this Christmas12/12/2019 11:15:00
Children and adults with health conditions, and parents of children aged 2-5, are urged to protect themselves and their children against flu, which can be a serious and fatal illness for these groups of people.
Scottish Affairs Committee call for public health approach to drug use07/11/2019 13:47:00
The Scottish Affairs Committee recently (04 November 2019) published the report of their comprehensive inquiry into problematic drug use in Scotland.
Scottish Affairs Committee call for public health approach to drug use06/11/2019 14:20:00
The Scottish Affairs Committee has published the report of their comprehensive inquiry into problematic drug use in Scotland.
Experts gather in Scotland for summit to tackle poverty and inequality05/11/2019 09:15:00
Leaders from across Scotland are gathering in Glasgow to address the country’s significant public health challenges.
NHS Digital’s Clinical Adviser for maternity wins a Gold Chief Midwifery Officer Award29/10/2019 09:15:00
A Clinical Adviser at NHS Digital who is leading the charge to digitise maternity services has been recognised with a special gold award from England’s Chief Midwifery Officer.
Scotland’s National Transport Strategy going the right direction for public health25/10/2019 09:15:00
NHS Health Scotland welcome Scotland’s National Transport Strategy as part of a whole system approach for good health and wellbeing. Transport is a fundamental part of the places we live in, which are important determinants of health, and should be central to their development and design.
A public health approach to justice21/10/2019 14:15:00
Today, Scotland is host to a major conference aimed at changing lives by strengthening links between public health and the justice system.