Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention action plan 2022 to 2025

Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan covering the period from 2022 to 2025.


Access to Means (Access to Means of Suicide)

Access to methods of self-harm with intention of dying

Chief Officer

Chief Officers (typically Local Authority Chief Executives) lead the development and implementation of action plans within their local areas within their role as public protection leads and within the context of Community Planning Partnerships

Communities Health and Wellbeing Fund

Part of the Scottish Government Recovery and Renewal Fund to support mental health and wellbeing in communities across Scotland

Community Planning

How public bodies work together, and with local communities, to design and deliver better services in their area

Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs)

The name given to all those services that come together to take part in community planning

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

An infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus

Delivery Lead(s)

People who have been employed across a range of organisations and who have a lead for implementing actions from the suicide prevention action plan at a national level

Delivery Partner

Someone working to deliver something on behalf of someone else

Delphi Study (Technique)

An established approach to answering a research question through agreement by subject experts

Distress Brief Intervention (DBI)

DBI is a non-clinical, timely intervention which provides one to one emotional and practical support to people who present in distress to frontline services

Horizon Scanning

Analysis of the future which will consider how emerging trends and developments might potentially affect current policy and practice


The relationship between social categorisations such as race, class, and gender


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex

Lived Experience

People who have a personal knowledge of something which has been gained through first hand experience. Their experience may be in the past or present, which is sometimes referred to as lived, or living

Locations of Concern

A specific, and often public, site which is frequently used as a location for suicide

Local Authority

An administrative body or local council in Scotland

Multi-agency reviews (of deaths by suicide)

An approach where a range of different organisations who have expertise and/or an interest in suicide prevention, come together to consider the learning from the circumstances which may have contributed to someone dying by suicide and then turn this learning into appropriate action

National Care Service

The proposed way to deliver community health and social care in Scotland in the future – to ensure consistent delivery of quality social care support for those who need it

National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH)

A project based within the University of Manchester which has collected in-depth information on all suicides in the UK since 1996 and uses this information to make recommendations which aim to improve patient safety in mental health settings and help to prevent suicide

National Planning Framework

A long term plan for Scotland that sets out where development and infrastructure is needed


Outcomes are the changes we want to see as a result of this strategy. These include changes in: knowledge, awareness, skills, practice, behaviour, social action, and decision making

Outcomes Framework

This will demonstrate the link between actions/ activities you want to do with the long term outcomes. It will include a logic model and set of indicators


Support after a suicide or attempted suicide


A household is considered to be in poverty if their income if less than 60% of the average income for that household type

Protective Factors

Protective factors are characteristics that make it less likely that individuals will consider, attempt, or die by suicide

Public Health

A range of measures which aim to protect and improve the health of people and their communities

Racialised Communities

A term which draws attention to the racialisation of people of colour and serves to highlight the discursive power of whiteness

Risk Factors

Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that individuals will consider, attempt, or die by suicide


Protecting someone’s health, wellbeing and human rights; enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect


When someone hurts themselves as a way of dealing with difficult feelings, memories or overwhelming situations and experiences


Relates to the differences between groups of people caused by their social and/or financial situation


A person with an interest in a particular subject or issues. Many stakeholders are also Delivery Partners

Statutory Services

Services provided by national or local authorities


Stigma is a negative attitude or idea about a mental, physical, or social feature of a person or group of people that involved social disapproval

Suicide Clusters

A situation in which more suicides than expected occur in terms of time, place, or both


Death resulting from an intentional, self-inflicted act

Suicide Prevention Academic Advisory Group (AAG)

A group of academic researchers who use their expert knowledge in suicide to support the development and implementation of actions to help prevent people taking their own lives. They also undertake new research to help fill any gaps in knowledge

Suicide Prevention Lived Experience Panel (LEP)

A group of people who have been personally affected by suicide, and who use their experience to support the development and implementation of strategy and actions which will help to prevent people taking their own lives

Suicide Prevention Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

A panel of young people aged 16 to 25 set up to share views and inform future policy around suicide prevention in Scotland

Test of Change

Testing something on a smaller scale to see how it works, with a view to improving it and then doing it on a larger scale

Time, Space and Compassion

Principles that should be used in any response to suicidal crisis in Scotland

Trauma Informed Practice

Being able to recognise when someone may be affected by trauma, collaboratively adjusting how we work to take this into account and responding in a way that supports recovery, does no harm and recognises and supports people’s resilience



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