Suicide prevention efforts step up in Scotland amid mental health issues

North East Scotland Public Services are joining forces to urge anyone with suicidal thoughts to come forward and volunteer for help.

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), NHS Grampian and Police Scotland aim to better serve their local communities by sharing information and resources, as the most turbulent two years in a generation continue to take their toll ravages.

With that in mind, the organizations have launched a new guide designed to help support anyone who is particularly worried that someone they know is having suicidal thoughts. The guide details everything from how to ask if they are feeling ok to how to get the right support.

Liam Yule, SAMH’s Suicide Prevention Manager and North East Suicide Prevention Manager, said: ‘It has been an incredibly difficult couple of years and everyone has had their ‘normal’ routine affected. in a significative way. It is extremely important that we continue the conversation about suicide and suicide prevention.

“We are working together because we believe this, along with increased community engagement and training, will help encourage people to be more open about suicide, create safer communities from suicide across the region.

“With the new guide added to the Prevent Suicide app, we are creating a comprehensive source of helpful tips and tricks and ways to start a conversation about suicide, as well as information on some of the fantastic local services available to support those who have thoughts of suicide. suicide.”

The group also warned that while it is a popular and long-held myth that asking someone if they have suicidal thoughts increases the likelihood that they will pursue it, in fact, it is incorrect. not only is it said to be harmless, but health professionals also say there is evidence to suggest that encouraging people to open up lowers their chances of attempting suicide.

Paul Southworth, public health consultant at the NHS Grampian, added: ‘There’s no harm in asking if someone is feeling suicidal, it doesn’t put that thought in their head – studies have shown people are less likely to try their luck. life if they can talk about their thoughts and feelings.

“As we have seen through engaging with members of our communities, suicide can affect anyone, regardless of background. This means that suicide prevention is everyone’s business and the more it is highlighted and discussed, the more effective it will be.

To download the Prevent Suicide app and access the new guide, click here.