Steve’s son Gregory (pictured) died by suicide in January 2016. He was 21 years old. He was a final year student at university and took his own life during the Christmas holidays. Steve tells us in his own words about his experience of supporting someone with suicidal thoughts and why talking is important.
Jenn tells how talking has helped her and how breaking the stigma can help others. She goes on to tell us what we can do to help those who need it the most, before telling us what she has learned from her lived experience of suicide.
Hello everyone! I’m Linda and I’ve taken a bit of time today to tell you my story. Suicide affects so many of us, but hopefully opening up here can help some people that are currently feeling what I have felt.
Talking to people with lived experience of suicide is vital to how we learn, and ultimately prevent deaths in the future. We spoke to Stephanie about her story, and she told us how talking has helped her and how breaking the stigma can help others.
I can remember the night vividly. I was playing football with a few of my friends. The rage that hit me as we were knocked out of the tournament was like never before. I knew at this point that there was something wrong with me. I had never wanted to cry so much in my life but I held it together as I didn’t want to totally embarrass myself in front of my friends.
A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You will not be wasting anyone’s time. Call 999 or go to A&E now if you do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe.
The following services offer confidential support from trained staff and volunteers. You can talk about anything that is troubling you, no matter how difficult:
If you would like to get in touch please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Please note we are not able to provide direct support to individuals. If you need help now, please go to the ‘Urgent Help’ section.
Below you will find a number of support organisations in Scotland that provide resources and information on suicide and mental health.
United to Prevent Suicide is a new unifying identity for suicide prevention in Scotland. It marks a new approach to preventing suicide as set out in Scotland’s National Suicide Prevention Action Plan.
Building a social movement of people with a shared belief in preventing suicide
Improving our knowledge and skills in suicide prevention with the development of new learning resources, available to everyone
Improving our approach to those bereaved by suicide through the development of a new dedicated service
Using digital technology to improve suicide prevention
A new approach to crisis care for those of us who experience suicidal thoughts
Increased resources to support improved local action in every area of Scotland
Inspiring leaders across all aspects of life in Scotland to create a culture that supports preventing suicide
Improving our understanding of suicidal behaviour to inform action to prevent its occurrence
This work is funded by Scottish Government and led by the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG). The social movement work is jointly managed by Public Health Scotland and SAMH.
United to Prevent Suicide is not just a name or a logo. It’s a movement.
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