Latest News


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Also since the last update we have reached 62246 total users with the Prevent Suicide app and website. Remember you are not alone and all these people have been affected too. For more stats click here


If you need help now head to our Urgent Help page or you can find local services in your area here.



Suicide Prevention Q&A


Our Suicide Prevention Manager, Liam Yule, answers your questions on how to help someone you’re worried about, stigma and living with suicidal thoughts.


Watch the full video here


If you feel you can no longer keep yourself safe and are in danger, please seek immediate help. You can go to any hospital A&E - call 999 and ask for an ambulance if you can't get to A&E. If you don’t want to go to A&E but need to speak to someone, you can find helpful organisations here



Living Through a Pandemic


Living through a pandemic is tough! Really tough!


It is an incredibly tough time for everyone and it’s okay if you are finding it difficult or feeling like things seem hopeless sometimes but we plead with you to reach out and ask for help. There are some fantastic people and supports across the north east waiting and wanting to help.


The SAMH booklet ‘ with your thoughts’ can offer some helpful guidance and support.

However you are feeling, know that someone out there cares about you. Together we can all get through the tough times.


For more info, click here.



United to Prevent Suicide


Saying the word ‘suicide’ can be difficult but it’s so important that we get comfortable with the language.

United to Prevent Suicide is the new campaign launched across Scotland to promote suicide prevention throughout the country.


For more info, click here.



Distress Brief Intervention (DBI)


NHS Grampian went live in May 2020 with Dr Lynne Taylor, the clinical director of the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service in Grampian. If you missed it, you can watch it again on YouTube


Dr Taylor suggested a number of websites children, young people, and their parents might find useful. They include:




- Keep CAMHS and Carry On - NHSG podcasts on Spotify



Distress Brief Intervention (DBI)


The Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme has been expanded to include everyone over the age of 16 in Scotland.


DBI provides an ‘ask once - get help fast’ early intervention for people 16 and over in distress/emotional pain who do not need urgent medical treatment.


For more information click here.



£1800 Donation


Members from the Harbour Light Lodge of the Royal Antidiluvian Order of Buffalos (RAOB), ‘The Buffs’, recently presented a cheque for £1,800 to Choose Life - Prevent Suicide North East.


The donation was part of the Lodge annual Appeal and a number of fundraising events have been held throughout the past year toward this.


Liam Yule, Suicide Prevention Manager for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) who manage the programme was on hand to collect the cheque.


‘We thank ‘the Buffs’ for their fundraising efforts this year, not only in raising funds which will be used to continue the suicide prevention work in the area but also for raising vital awareness around suicide and suicide prevention throughout local communities.’



Reducing Stigma


Aberdeen born Professional Skateboarder John Rattray lost his sister to Suicide in 2011 and in 2019 a friend and fellow skateboarder also took their life. John has been active in trying to encourage conversation and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide.


John and a hardy group of friends have undertaken a number of fundraising and awareness raising trips across the US and more recently Scotland.


See the video here