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Suicide Prevention Development Officer

  • Part time
  • £26,424 – £28,945 pro-rata
  • North East Area, Scotland( Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire & Moray)
  • Closing 6th October 2020

  • Advertised from 23rd September 2020
  • 30 per week. Fixed Term – 2 years.
  • N846


Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

The Suicide Prevention programme in the North East of Scotland aims to reduce stigma and increase awareness and knowledge of suicide throughout Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Building on and expanding the work already being undertaken in the area, the Development Officer role will be key in engaging local communities, businesses and services to improve and review suicide prevention practices. Development and delivery of Suicide Prevention training and support of local groups and initiatives.

As part of the National Programme for Suicide Prevention SAMH are looking for a Suicide Prevention Development Officer to provide much needed support, information and advice to people affected by suicide.

The right candidate will have experience of using their knowledge and skills to help prevent suicide. You will be comfortable in mapping community needs, identifying current provision and service gaps and feedback to local stakeholders and offering support to local steering groups and organisations with suicide prevention practices.

Experienced in engagement with a variety of different communities in both rural and urban settings to support local priorities and target groups. Engagement with schools, colleges and universities to increase suicide prevention knowledge amongst staff and students.

Ability to react to disruption caused by Covid-19 and be aware of social and emotional impact following virus impact. An awareness of the impact of the changeable job market, changes in tourism, shopping habits, drug and alcohol usage and social distancing has on wellbeing and engage with services and communities as the country transitions out of period of lockdown and support those communities in developing suicide safer practices.

An experienced and natural trainer who can design, coordinate and facilitate suicide prevention awareness raising sessions, workshops and trainings to individual groups.

Application notes

Closing date for all applications will be Tuesday 06th October at 12 noon.

PVG Scheme Membership, a Right to Work in the UK check and proof of qualifications declared on the application form are required.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties.

Application forms, job descriptions and guidelines are available to download from our website

Please note that your application should be completed electronically and emailed back to, no other form of application will be accepted.