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Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013-16: Implementation and Monitoring Group


The remit of the Group was to oversee the implementation of the 11 Commitments in the Suicide Prevention Strategy and report on progress to the Scottish Government by:

  • Meeting quarterly in the first year and then agreeing the frequency of meetings in subsequent years until the formal period of the Strategy ended at the end of 2016
  • Group members taking responsibility for leading and reporting on specific areas of the Suicide Prevention Strategy using an agreed reporting template
  • Group members providing advice, support and expertise to each other on all areas of the Strategy
  • Identifying themes and issues for possible attention in subsequent strategies

Implementation Group meetings were chaired by the Scottish Government's Head of Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division (Commitment 11 of the Strategy).

Knowledge, Expertise and Time Commitment

The Strategy contains elements covering health and other services, clinical and population interventions and the delivery of improvement through a range of approaches. A mix of skills was available on the Group from across the spectrum of statutory and voluntary provision and elsewhere that included knowledge and expertise in:

  • Designing and delivering change programmes
  • Senior management of public services
  • Front line work with service users
  • Analysing and using data/evidence/research to support change
  • Partnership working
  • Communication to a range of audiences

Group members worked collaboratively with each other to contribute to the "bigger picture" of implementing the National Outcome of living longer, healthier lives.

The group included representaton from NHSScotland, social work, voluntary agencies, Police Scotland, Scottish Government and a direct service user voice.  It held its seventh and final meeting on 23 November 2016.