New strategy on self-harm backed by the Liaison Faculty in Scotland

Scotland news
29 November 2023

A new strategy which focuses on supporting people who self-harm has been backed by the Liaison Faculty in Scotland.

The blueprint published this week, was developed by COSLA and informed by people with lived experience with funding of £1.5m from the Scottish Government.

It is believed to be the first of its kind in the world and includes a three-year action plan which will prioritise tackling stigma and discrimination and improving support for people who have self-harmed. 

 The plan which is believed to be the first of its kind in the world focuses on three areas:

  • deepening knowledge and compassionate understanding of self-harm
  • building support and services across Scotland
  • improving and sharing data and evidence.

As part of the strategy, the Scottish Government funding supports a national webchat service offering people help out-of-hours.

The webchat service is part of Self Harm Network Scotland, run by Penumbra, which also provides up-to-date, reliable and accessible advice for anyone affected by self-harm.

It also offers free training sessions – either in-person or online - which have been completed by 1000 people since the start of the year.

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