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Suicide awareness: Creating Hope Together

Staff from across the three Ayrshire HSCPs, local authorities and NHS A&A were joined by stakeholders and partners at the Riverside Lodge Hotel in Irvine on Wednesday 14 December for a successful Creating Hope Together event, focusing on how we best work together to prevent suicide in Ayrshire.

Following the publication of a new Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan for Scotland, the Pan Ayrshire Suicide Prevention Group is now working to develop an ambitious local plan that will be informed and shaped by the views and experiences of a wide range of partners.

The event was attended by representatives of Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, COSLA and Public Health Scotland, as well as a number of third sector organisations, with useful discussions and presentations highlighting some of the fantastic initiatives already under way across Ayrshire.

Thoughts, ideas and information shared by attendees during the event’s workshop sessions will now be collated by the Suicide Prevention Group for consideration as they begin work on the new plan.

If you have been affected by suicide, or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help and talk to someone as soon as you can. Suicide is everyone’s business.

  • Samaritans: Visit or call 116 123
  • Breathing Space (Scotland): Visit or call 0800 83 85 87, Mon-Thurs, 6pm-2am, and Sat-Sun 6pm-6am
  • Childline: For those under age 19. Visit or call 0800 1111
  • Papyrus: For people under 35 and those supporting them. Call the Papyrus HOPEline on 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-10pm and public holidays 2pm–5pm) or text 07786 209 697
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