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Scotland: world’s first self-harm strategy

Publication: Scotland’s Self-Harm Strategy and Action Plan (2023-27), Scottish Government and COSLA

What are the main points?

> The strategy includes a three-year action plan to tackle stigma and improve support for those who have self-harmed and who are at high risk.

> The plan focuses on three areas, including to deepen knowledge and compassionate understanding; build support and services; and improve data and evidence sharing.

> Funding will also support an out-of-hours webchat service, run by Penumbra, providing reliable and accessible advice.

> The webchat, which opened in October, is available to anyone over the age of 12 and is run by peer practitioners and volunteers. Free training sessions are available through the service.


Mental Wellbeing Minister Maree Todd said: ‘The way in which people seek support and discuss self-harm is changing with many going online for help, so the webchat service… is very welcome. This work is also helping to build our understanding about self-harm and the most helpful interventions so that we can continue to improve the services on offer.’

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