Creating Hope Together: suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032

Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy covering the period from 2022 to 2032.


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



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