We believe that if everyone understood the key issues surrounding suicide prevention we would be able to help so many more people.

We are United to Prevent Suicide

Talk. Listen. Save Lives.

New guides to support people to safely share and gather experiences of suicide

The United To Prevent Suicide social movement in partnership with Scottish Recovery Network and the Suicide Prevention Scotland Lived Experience Panel have produced two new guides to support sharing and gathering experiences of mental health and suicide.

Preparing to share your experiences

This guide is for any individual who wants to share their lived experience of mental health and/or suicide (this includes people who have been bereaved by suicide). It contains information to support you to prepare to share your experiences and reflect on how you do this safely whilst maintaining your wellbeing. It also provides guidance on the different places and spaces you may wish to share your experiences.

Gathering lived experiences

This guide is for anyone who supports people to share their lived experiences of mental health and suicide. This can be to inform your organisation’s policies and the development/improvement of support services. It can also be because you are interested in developing peer support or wish to develop resources and campaigns. Organisations can range from the health and social care sector to the third sector and beyond.

Ask Tell Respond Learning Resources

Suicide is surrounded by stigma and shame and opening up this conversation and enabling people to feel more comfortable to use the word ‘suicide’ and talk openly with others about suicidal feelings would be a big step in the right direction.

As part of Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan, Every Life Matters, learning resources have been developed to help workforces to raise awareness of issues that surround mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention. We believe every suicide is preventable.

Ask, Tell – A healthy conversation

This animation gives practical tips on how and when to have compassionate conversations with people who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts or mental distress.

Ask, Tell – Every life matters

This animation explores the issue of suicide and provides facts about suicide in Scotland. Most importantly it helps build confidence to listen, talk and take action.

For more information about the Ask Tell Respond learning resources please go to:


Other Suicide & Mental Health Information Resources