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Youth Advisory Group - Suicide Prevention


Children in Scotland is pleased to be partnering with the Scottish Government, COSLA and the University of Stirling’s Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) to deliver a youth advisory group to inform and improve policy from the perspective of those with lived experience of suicide.

The panel of 16-25 year olds meets regularly to gather and share views to inform policy development.

The group has a role to directly advise and support the work of Scotland's National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG)

Established by the Scottish Government and COSLA, the NSPLG brings together people with lived experience of suicide alongside, academic, professional third sector, and statutory partners to support the delivery of Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan: Creating Hope Together (click here to access).

Year 1 

During 2022-23, we have worked with a group of young people with lived experience of suicidality, bereavement by suicide and poor mental health to inform policymaking around Suicide Prevention.

The group has worked directly with the Scottish Government to support its work to develop the Time, Space, Compassion Approach.

As part of the project, a new participation network has been set up to support practitioners to share their experiences to inform policymaking.

Year 2 

As we move into our second year of the project, we are inviting applications for new members to join the group.

The group is for young people aged 16-25 who have tried to take their
own life, or who have suicidal thoughts. It is also for people who have
experienced suicide (please note that two years must have passed if
you have sadly lost someone through suicide for you to get involved)
and those who suffer from poor mental health.

The group meets every month, some meetings are online and others are in-person. The group provides the opportunity to meet new people and share ideas. It creates a space to talk about how young people can get better support and experience better wellbeing.

Importantly it’s a really good chance to be involved in making a change in Scotland and making sure young people’s views are heard.

'I enjoy being part of the group as I get to use my lived experience to inform policy' (Youth Advisory Group Member)

If you are a young person interested in applying or you work with young people who may be interested, please get in touch.

Click here to access our information sheet for the project
Please read this before getting in touch.

To get involved is really simple, you just need to get in touch with Chris Ross ( with responses to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to get involved in this group?
  • Why is it important that the views of children and young people with lived experience are considered by decision-makers, including the Suicide Prevention Leadership Group?
  • What do you like doing in your spare time and why?

You should also send a completed consent form which you can access here.

Please also note, all members of the group must have a supporting adult/referring organisation to provide support. You can find out more about this on the information sheet.

Find out more about the project

For more information about this project, please contact Chris Ross,

Looking for Support?

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Interested in getting involved?

We are currently inviting applications to join the group. Have a look at our information sheet for further details

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Looking for support?

Help and support is available right now for anyone who needs it. No one has to struggle alone

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Suicide Prevention Action Plan

Creating Hope Together, Scotland's Suicide Prevention Action Plan and Strategy

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Partner: COSLA

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Partner: Scottish Government

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Partner: University of Stirling NMAHP

University of Stirling’s Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP)

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