New support is offered to people living with suicidal thoughts.
NHS 24 health chiefs have teamed up with the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) to launch a series of video clips featuring people who have found ways to live beyond their suicidal thoughts or intentions.
The aim of the video clips, which can be seen on the NHS Inform site, is to offer people in this situation support to better manage these thoughts and regain hope.
They are presented with information on how to listen and talk about suicidal feelings.
There’s advice on ways to cope when it feels like you can’t and what warning signs to look for, as well as how to seek emergency help.
Janice Houston, director of service delivery at NHS 24, said: “Our first priority is to provide a compassionate service to everyone who contacts us about their mental health and we know some people would rather listen than talk – at least at first.
“We are very happy to be able to offer this option to people who are having suicidal thoughts and our thanks go to those who have so generously shared their journey.
“For anyone who is worried about themselves or someone else, we encourage you to listen to these stories and find someone who can listen to you, whether it’s a friend, from a colleague or family member or from one of the specialist helplines available 24/7.”
Rose Fitzpatrick, President of the NSPLG, added, “We are committed to exploring innovations in digital technology to help save lives from the tragedy of suicide.
“This new resource is intended to help those thinking about suicide and those supporting someone who may be suicidal.
“It features people who have been through these tough times themselves describing what they went through and what helped each of them get through it.
“We hope these compelling stories will encourage people with suicidal thoughts to know that they can go through such dark times and also provide information for others on how to support someone who may be suicidal.”
If you or someone you know has mental health issues or is feeling suicidal, contact your GP, NHS24 on 111, Samaritans on 116 123 or Breathing Space on 0800 83 58 87.