Help available in suicide prevention week

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National Suicide Prevention Week runs from September 8 to 12 September and NHS Tayside is supporting it with a number of information sharing events.

An information stand will be located at the Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar and campaign posters and information booklets will be displayed at community centres, Job Centre Plus, GP surgeries, pharmacies, and work places across Tayside.

Last year, 762 people died by suicide, the equivalent of around two lives taken each day in Scotland. For each suicide, the impact on those left behind lasts a lifetime. The idea suicide shouldn’t be talked about is a taboo and doesn’t help those grieving or the many people who may be feeling suicidal right now.

Dr Deborah Gray, Senior Health Promotion Officer with NHS Tayside, said: “The Choose Life ‘Read Between the Lines’ campaign is tackling stigma and helping to reduce further unnecessary deaths as a result of suicide. The key message is that if you’re feeling suicidal, the best thing you can do is talk. If you’re worried someone else is suicidal, ask them – asking someone directly about their feelings can help them. Although the signs of suicide can be ambiguous, the campaign encourages people to be alert to any warning signals and to take all signs of distress seriously, even if the person seems to be living a normal life. It also aims to assure people that asking someone about what’s troubling them can make a positive difference.”

Further information from “Suicide?Help!” app, www.suicidehelp.co.uk or call NHS 24 on 111, Samaritans on 0845 790 9090 or Breathing Space on 0800 838587. Local suicide prevention training opportunities from www.smhfa.com or www.chooselife.net