How we are going to work – our guiding principles
Recognising the complex reasons and circumstances which contribute to someone feeling suicidal, we will adopt these seven guiding principles as our way of working to ensure effective delivery of the strategy and action plan.
1. We will consider inequalities and diversity – to ensure we meet the suicide prevention needs of the whole population whilst taking into account key risk factors, such as poverty, and social isolation. We will ensure our work is relevant for urban, rural, remote and island communities.
2. We will co-develop our work alongside people with lived, and living, experience (ensuring that experience reflects the diversity of our communities and suicidal experiences). We will also ensure safeguarding measures are in place across our work.
3. We will ensure the principles of Time, Space and Compassion are central to our work to support people’s wellbeing and recovery. This includes people at risk of suicide, their families / carers and the wider community, respectful of their human rights.
4. We will ensure the voices of children and young people are central to work to address their needs, and co-develop solutions with them.
5. We will provide opportunities for people across different sectors at local and national levels to come together, learn and connect – inspiring them to play their part in preventing suicide.
6. We will take every opportunity to reduce the stigma of suicide through our work.
7. We will ensure our work is evidence informed, and continue to build the evidence base through evaluation, data and research. We will also use quality improvement approaches, creativity and innovation to drive change – this includes using digital solutions.
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