Suicide prevention plan aims to reduce death rate by 20%
The Scottish Government has launched a wide-ranging plan to reduce suicides by 2022.
The Scottish Government aims to reduce the country's suicide rate by 20% by 2022.
Ministers are launching a new plan to tackle the rate of deaths by suicide.
The plan includes ten measures, developed through discussions with academics, charities, and families affected by suicide.
Measures include training on suicide prevention for all NHS staff, reviewing all deaths by suicide and new awareness campaigns.
A recent study found one in nine young adults in Scotland has attempted suicide.
In 2017 there were 680 deaths recorded as probably suicides, down 7% from the previous year.
Former deputy chief constable Rose Fitzpatrick will chair a new leadership group to implement the plan, backed up by £3m in funding.
Mental health minister Clare Haughey launched the plan during a visit to the Men's SHARE suicide prevention project in Midlothian.
Ms Haughey said: "Every life matters and no death by suicide should be regarded as either acceptable or inevitable.
"Over the past decade, Scotland has made real progress in reducing deaths by suicide but we have far more to do.
"We want a Scotland where suicide is preventable, and where anyone contemplating suicide or who has lost a loved one gets the support they need."
'Every life matters and no death by suicide should be regarded as either acceptable or inevitable.'Clare Haughey, mental health minister
She continued: "This plan sets out how the Scottish Government and our partners will achieve this and it makes clear that suicide prevention is everyone's business.
"Our approach recognises the need to work together across sectors and organisations to identify and support people in distress, strengthen communities, and save lives."
Ms Fitzpatrick said: "It is an honour to be asked to chair the new National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group.
"I am deeply aware of the significance and importance of the group's work, and confident that by working closely with a range of partners to take on the range of important actions in this national plan, we can all make a real difference.
"The plan has been developed with partners, stakeholders and people who have been directly affected by suicide."