Starting today is National Suicide Prevention week which seeks to tackle the stigma surrounding suicide.
Last year 746 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 Read between the Lines campaign is tackling stigma and helping to reduce further unnecessary deaths by saying that if you’re worried about someone, asking directly about their feelings can help save lives.
This campaign encourages people to be aware of the warning signs and 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 a person about what’s troubling them can make a positive difference.
The campaign wants people to talk. They want to encourage people to discuss how we can prevent our friends, family and colleagues from dying by suicide in Scotland. It’s a complicated issue, sometimes hard to understand, but we know that talking about it can help. More information can be found by clicking on http://www.chooselife.net/Home/index.aspx
If you are in need of help or concerned about someone please call either:
• Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 Available: Monday to Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday to Monday 6pm to 6am
• Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (available 24 hours a day)
• SAMH National Information Service can help you find support in your area, freephone 0800 917 3466.
• NHS 24 provides comprehensive up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland. 08454 242424