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Suicide Prevention Week

We are supporting World Suicide Prevention Week to help raise awareness about how we can support each other better.

If you or a loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please speak to someone immediately, don’t keep those thoughts to yourself. There is still a stigma attached to suicide but we hope to raise awareness that mental health is just as important as our physical health – it can affect the way you think, feel and behave.

When someone is experiencing poor mental health, it can be difficult to realise. People are often afraid to talk about their mental health for fear of being judged or discriminated against. It is vital that people experiencing poor mental health get help sooner rather than later. To make this possible, we all need to know how to recognise the signs and talk about poor mental health.

If you have concerns about your mental health, it is important to talk to someone you trust, whether that’s a friend, a family member or a doctor, or confidential helpline. If you find it hard to express in words, it might help to write down how you’re feeling first or keep a diary of your feelings to make it easier when you speak to someone. If you reach out and you didn’t find it helpful, it’s important to try talking to someone else or look somewhere else to find help. Don’t give up! 

How many times have you heard someone say ‘I’m fine’?
One in four people ’in Scotland experience poor mental health every year. This means that at some point, you or someone you know will need to get help; whether that means talking to someone you trust, getting information online or going to your GP.

Take action today and sign up to the movement for change on suicide. United to Prevent Suicide is a social movement of people from all across Scotland, we are united in a shared belief that each and every one of us has a role to play in preventing suicide. Sign up on the United to Prevent Suicide website and join the movement in Scotland to talk about suicide and save lives.

Scotland is a nation that stands proud to say you are NOT alone. Suicide is NOT inevitable. By coming together & talking about suicide we will help #PreventSuicide. Visit & join the conversation @TalkToSaveLives

Touched by Suicide Scotland is a self-help organisation who have been “touched by suicide” which exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by suicide. They offer emotional and practical support in a number of ways. Call 01294 274273 or you can email:

It is important that if you find yourself in a situation where someone has told you they are thinking about suicide that you know what to do next. You are not expected to know all the answers - the most important thing is to listen and to know where to get further support.

Saturday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day to help raise awareness about how we can support each other better. We can all play a part in preventing suicide and help someone seek help. Why not join in in lighting a candle near a window at 8pm to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of suicide.
#everylifematters #TalkToSaveLives

For more help & information :

United to Prevent Suicide

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