NHS Tayside is supporting Suicide Prevention Week (9-15 September) by taking part in a series of events to raise awareness and offer training in preventing suicide.
The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ which aims to highlight that everyone has a part to play in preventing suicide and in ensuring every life matters in Tayside.
This year, staff are encouraged to view and promote a new online resource ‘Ask Tell Save a Life: Every Life Matters’ which has been developed by NHS Health Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland. This online resource aims to raise awareness of the issues that affect people and which can sometimes lead them to think about taking their own life. The animation is designed to increase the confidence of individuals to support anyone in distress, by directing them to the specialist help they need at that time. You can view and share the resource at www.bit.ly/AskTellSaveALife
You can also encourage people to download the Suicide?Help! app developed by NHS Tayside. This is an information app for people who are thinking about suicide or worried about someone else. As well as providing information about suicide, such as how to get help and what signs to look for in others, this app provides details of relevant local services – find out more at www.suicidehelp.co.uk
A number of events are taking place across Tayside throughout the week including a wellbeing event and suicide prevention training workshops in Angus, awareness raising events at Dundee Railway Station and the Overgate Centre on Tuesday 10 September and a Conversation Café being led by the Network Rail chaplain on the Perth to Dundee train route on Friday 13 September. To find out more please contact your local suicide prevention coordinator:
- Angus – Susan Duncan – DuncanS@angus.gov.uk
- Dundee – Rhian Ferguson – Rhian.Ferguson@dundeecity.gov.uk
- Perth & Kinross – Eloise Vajk – EVajk@pkc.gov.uk
Training in Suicide Intervention and Prevention Skills (SIPP) is also available to NHS Tayside staff who would like to increase their skills and confidence to recognise and help others at risk of or experiencing suicidal thoughts, including initial help in a crisis. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is asked to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in people close to them. The message is if you’re worried about someone, such as a friend, family member or workmate, asking them directly about their feelings can help to save their life.
The campaign acknowledges that signs of suicide can be difficult to spot, but encourages people to take all signs of distress seriously, even if it seems a person is living a normal life. It also assures people that asking a person about what’s troubling them can make a positive difference.
If you are experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, it is important to get help. Talk to someone you trust or phone Breathing Space on 0800 838587 or the Samaritans on 116 123’.