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Top job! Head of Suicide Prevention

  • Full time
  • TBC
  • Glasgow or Edinburgh
  • Closing 4th June 2021

  • Advertised from 14th May 2021
  • Salary will be dependent on experience


SAMH is Scotland’s mental health charity. For almost 100 years SAMH has promoted the importance of good mental health; delivered dynamic and innovative recovery-focused services across Scotland; campaigned on behalf of people with mental health problems; and challenged stigma and discrimination.

Suicide prevention is one of three strategic priorities in SAMH’s brand new organisation strategy, and we are now looking to recruit into the newly created role of Head of Suicide Prevention who will lead the development, delivery and implementation of the SAMH suicide prevention strategic plan.

Providing both strategic and operational leadership to ensure the effective delivery of SAMH’s national suicide prevention programme you will maintain and enhance SAMH’s reputation, credibility and profile, re-affirming its position as a strong and recognised voice on suicide prevention and directly influence the policy landscape in Scotland. Developing and maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders, including Scottish Government, the Head of Suicide Prevention will also be required to build effective strategic partnerships focused on reducing the number of people who die by suicide in Scotland.

With a proven track record of achievement at senior management level, ideally gained within suicide prevention and/or the wider mental health environment, you will be able to demonstrate strong evidence of your ability to develop and sustain excellent working relationships with national and community influencers and key decision makers. An accomplished communicator, you will have instant credibility when engaging with both internal and external stakeholders the successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate:

This role will play a key role in delivering a step change in our work on suicide prevention and if you share our passion and vision to play our part in saving lives from being lost to suicide we would be delighted to receive an application from you.

Application notes

For more information on this exciting role please contact Douglas Adam at Livingston James, our retained recruitment partner

NB: As an organisation SAMH embraces flexible working and the successful candidate would not need to be based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow full time.

SAMH is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

All third party introductions will be forwarded to Livingston James