Aimed at those working across health and social care settings, and beyond, this framework is designed to enable individuals, their teams and managers identify and understand the values, knowledge and skills expected of them in mental health improvement and the prevention of self-harm or suicide.  It will also help identify gaps or strengths in staff knowledge and skills.

The framework articulates the knowledge and skills required across 4 levels of practice : informed, skilled, enhanced and specialist.  These are based on the nature and frequency of contact staff have with people who may be at risk of, or affected by, mental ill health, self-harm or suicide.

Framework document
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

These animations have been produced to support the implementation of Scotland’s Public Health Priorities for Mental Health, Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027; and Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan – Every Life Matters.

They cover the areas of mental wellbeing, suicide prevention and having compassionate conversations with people who are experiencing mental distress or may be feeling suicidal.  They are designed to support learning at the Informed Level of Scotland’s Knowledge and Skills Framework for Mental Health Improvement, Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention.

Note: You will need to register/sign in to your Turas account in order to view and access the module. 

Workforce Development Plan

This plan has been developed jointly by NES and NHS Health Scotland to inform the planning and delivery of education and learning on mental health improvement and suicide prevention. It should be viewed as an iterative document which will be continually revised and further developed. Due to the diverse nature and size of the health and social care, and wider workforce this plan applies to, a phased approach will be adopted in identifying and responding to learning and development needs. It links to the Knowledge and Skills Framework for Mental Health Improvement and Suicide Prevention, also found on this page.

We are pleased to receive any feedback and suggestions on the content of this plan at Psychology@nes.scot.nhs.uk or shirley.windsor@nhs.net.

You can access the Workforce Development Plan on the NES Corporate Website. 

Promoting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and preventing Self Harm and Suicide

These animations have been co-produced by NHS Education for Scotland and Public Health Scotland to support the implementation of Scotland’s Public Health Priorities for Mental Health, Scotland’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027; and Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan – Every Life Matters.

The Knowledge and Skills framework for Mental Health Improvement, Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention has been produced to respond to these policy priorities.

The Animations are mapped to the Knowledge and Skills framework which is set within four levels of practice: Informed, Skilled, Enhanced, Specialist. These animations are designed to support learning about mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention specifically for the wider Children and Young People’s workforce at the informed level.

The resource will add to the knowledge and skills of those in health, social care and the wider public sectors who need to be informed about mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention in relation to children and young people. In particular, the new resource will help workers to understand the factors that influence mental health and resilience in children and young people; engage proactively with children and young people about mental health, self-harm and suicide; and recognise when to seek help to support those in their care.

Some people may find these themes distressing and advice and sources of support can be found at the end of the animation.

We all have mental health, and everyone has a part to play in supporting Children and Young People’s mental health and keeping them safe.

 

What is mental health?

How to talk about mental health

Self-harm and suicide prevention