ChooseLife North
Lanarkshire
Current Action Plan
North Lanarkshire
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Choose Life since 2002
Full time Co-ordinator
Consistent funding
Chair
Population of 325,520
The 2001 Census confirms that overall health in
North Lanarkshire is poor
23%) persons have a limiting long-term illness (a
long-term illness that limits their daily activities or the
work they can do).
Implementation Group
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Meeting since July 2003
Ensure that the implementation of ChooseLife is
appropriately co-ordinated and that the work is set
within the wider mental health and well being
framework.
Encourage ownership involvement and participation
by as wider a range of stakeholder as possible.
Oversee the work of the ChooseLife Development
Co-ordinator service provided by SAMH (Scottish
Association for Mental Health)
Implementation Group
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incorporated into joint Health Improvement
Plans. Within North Lanarkshire’s Community
Planning structure, health and well being
matters are addressed within the Health and
Care Partnership.
North Lanarkshire’s approach
to ChooseLife Objectives
 Early prevention and intervention
 Training
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Applied Suicide intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
SafeTALK (suicide alertness for everyone)
Tune Up is the ASIST revision for those who were trained in
ASIST over three years ago.
The ASIST is delivered on a monthly basis with at least one
SafeTALK a month and one Tune-Up a quarter. There are
currently 10 ASIST trainers in North Lanarkshire, from NHS
Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council staff.
Assessment and Treatment
Pathway
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Assessment and Treatment Pathway for
Lanarkshire.
Long term impact reduce suicide
Creating a common language and framework
for identifying those at risk of suicide
supporting them
Working with Health Scotland to ensure
evaluation and any links to HEAT targets
Improving support for hope and recovery
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ChooseLife North Lanarkshire is part of the
Lanarkshire Recovery Network which
promotes mental health recovery.
Mental health recovery is promoted in line
with the Scottish Recovery Network and
through this ChooseLife and suicide
prevention is high on its agenda.
Providing support to those who are affected
by suicidal behaviour or a completed suicide
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Instead CRUSE Bereavement Care has been
supported by North and South Lanarkshire
ChooseLife groups to provide immediate
support to those left bereaved by suicide.
Awareness raising and encouraging people to
seek help early
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ChooseLife North Lanarkshire has been at the
forefront of any awareness campaigning in
Scotland. Through using mediums such as;
Taxi cab advertising “Suicide. Don’t hide it. Talk
about it”
Bus Advertising
Working closely with Motherwell Football Club
Suicide Prevention Week
Washroom Board advertising
Promotional Materials
Suicide Prevention Week
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On an annual basis suicide prevention week takes
place during the second week in September.
5-a-side football (North Lanarkshire’s annual 5’s)
Music events (at Aroma Café Wishaw and
Cumbernauld Now You’re Talking)
Comedy (Universal Comedy)
Film (The Bridge)
Variety shows (Cumbernauld Now You’re Talking)
Premier league football (Motherwell Football Club)
Priority Group
Children (especially looked after children)
 Links with younger adults services in North
Lanarkshire have always been strong this
can be supported the ASIST trainers who
worked within the Through Care team.
People who have attempted
suicide
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Through linking with the New Zealand
Ministry of Health, North Lanarkshire has
created a booklet called “Thinking about
Suicide? Don’t hide it. Talk about it.”
People who abuse substances
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Services which specifically support those who abuse alcohol and
drugs have been trained in ASIST and SafeTALK. This has been
encouraged by services such as Bridgeworks in Motherwell or by
the Alcohol Drug Partnership (ADP formally ADAT) across
Lanarkshire.
Statistics show that 2.5% of those suffering from alcoholism may
take their own life. This type of information can be a surprise to
staff but once the level of risk is apparent then vigilance and
awareness of those supporting vulnerable people increases.
(figures updated courtesy of Steve Platt)
Member of Lanarkshire’s Drug Related Death Group.
Health and Homelessness
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suicide prevention (safeTALK),
substance misuse intervention,
and information on health
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