Promise of £3 million for suicide prevention fund

The Scottish government has promised an extra £3 million in funding towards suicide prevention in the country.

Mental Health Minister, Maureen Watt, has announced the news ahead of  a debate at Holyrood where the Liberal Democrats will call for a change in mental health services.

The news came before the new suicide prevention plan was published: “Our suicide prevention plan will invest an extra £3 million into a new suicide prevention fund to support a Leadership Group to secure innovation and act as a driver for new work to help prevent suicides across Scotland.”

The extra funding is on top of the current £2 million spent on suicide prevention services annually.

“As we begin to break down the stigma and better understand how to care for mental health, the demand increases and we expect to see detailed plans for taking forward new models of support and services to improve performance, including partnership with the third sector,” said the Minister.

The Leadership group will work with those who have used the services to ensure that medical delivery plans reflect the needs of those seeking support and treatment.

Confidential support is available for you or a loved one experiencing mental health issues. Always phone 999 in an emergency.

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