National and local suicide prevention strategies

The countries of the UK each have a national suicide prevention strategy, all of them echo the importance of organisations working together to help prevent suicide and the importance of providing effective support after a suicide.

The implementation of these strategies is delivered through local planning and co-ordination.  The commitment to and effectiveness of these local strategies varies across the UK.

We encourage professionals to get involved in their local suicide prevention strategy – or to campaign for the creation of one if it does not already exist.  Only by making suicide everyone’s business and working together can we reduce the number of tragic deaths and the devastation left behind in the families and communities.

To find out more about what is happening in your local area, look at the resources below:


National Strategy third annual report  and the First Annual Report (Feb 2014)

Prompts for local leaders on suicide prevention

APPG report on local prevention strategies


Northern Ireland

National Strategy 2012-2014



National Strategy 2013-16

Choose Life is Scotland’s national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland.  The Choose Life framework ensures action is taken nationally and locally to build skills through training, improve knowledge and awareness of good suicide prevention practice, and to encourage improved co-ordination between services.



National strategy 2009 – 2014