World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September 2022
Issued by The Highland Community Planning Partnership
Every year, people around the world come together on the 10 September to raise awareness of suicide prevention and discuss and share practices on how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide. At any one time, around 1 in 25 people are contemplating suicide. On average, 2 people go on to take their own life every day in Scotland. These aren’t just statistics. It’s someone’s family, their friends, and their work colleagues.
In Highland council area, there were 40 probable suicide deaths in 2021 compared to 44 in 2020 and 67 in 2019. The five-year average number of deaths in Highland for 2017-2021 was 51, compared to 40 in 2012-2016.
That’s why it’s so important that if you are having thoughts of suicide, you reach out to someone, either a family member, a friend, or a colleague. There are a number of national and local groups offering support in a time of crisis or mental distress. If you are concerned about someone else don’t be afraid to ask, “Are you okay” and help them to get help. https://www.nhsinform.scot/surviving-suicidal-thoughts
● Samaritans - 116 123 (calls are free and do not show on a phone bill)
● Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87 (Monday to Thursday 6pm – 2am; Friday 6pm to Monday 6am)
● MikeysLine - 07786 207755 (Sunday to Thursday 6pm - 10pm, Friday to Saturday 7pm - 7am)
● Ewen’s Room - 0800 689 3317 (Weekdays 5pm - 10pm; Weekends 12 noon - 10pm)
● James Support group - 07563 572 471 (24-hour helpline)
The chair of the Highland Suicide Prevention Group, Superintendent Jenny Valentine said: “As a group we recognise that every person lost to suicide is a tragedy, for their loved ones, their colleagues, and society as a whole. Research suggests that open and honest communication about mental ill-health helps towards suicide prevention. Conversations have the power to increase awareness and understanding, remind people they are not alone and help break the stigma which can be a barrier for those seeking help."
Prevent Suicide Highland Smartphone App: Launched in November 2019 by the Highland Community Planning Partnership, the app provides guidance for members of the public as to what they can do to help someone experiencing mental distress and perhaps contemplating suicide.
The Prevent Suicide Highland – can be downloaded for free here
For information on local Suicide Intervention and Prevention Programme training go to: Highland Mental Wellbeing – A collection of resources to support mental wellbeing (scot.nhs.uk)