Following on from the successful engagement event held in May 2016, this Fife Choose Life event aimed to focus more on suicide prevention work in local areas. The objectives were to be thought provoking for Fife partnership organisations about how they can engage with the suicide prevention agenda, and to identify key priorities and commitments at a local level.
Keynote speakers were Professor Steve Platt, Emeritus Professor at Edinburgh University, Carolyn E Wood of Pure Potential Scotland and a member of the NE Glasgow Suicide Prevention Group, and Colin MacDougall, Co-ordinator of the Tayside Multi-Agency Suicide Review Group.
Professor Steve Platt spoke about the relationship between socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour based on the “Dying from inequality” report published by the Samaritans. Carolyn‘s presentation focused on research she carried out in NE Glasgow on what makes suicide safer communities. Colin gave a brief presentation about the background to some of the suicides in Tayside. Dorothy Woolley, Fife Choose Life Development Officer, presented some statistics of Fife suicides from 2012-2016.