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.
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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.’
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.
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Tree Planting Ceremony
During Suicide Prevention Week in September, we planted a tree at Battlehill near Huntly in a ceremony to remember those lost to Suicide.
The ceremony was opened by Donald Meston, Chaplain at Royal Cornhill Hospital. We then heard from the Depute Lord Provost of Aberdeenshire Council, Ron McKail before Liam Yule, the SAMH Suicide Prevention Manager closed the ceremony. A big thanks to the great help from Louise Newell at My Life Dynamic - Aberdeenshire for sourcing, planting and maintaining the tree. A massive thank you to all those who attended, especially those who spoke so openly and bravely about how suicide had touched their lives.
The tree will act as a place of remembrance and reflection and also, we hope, promote conversations about suicide prevention amongst those using the woods.
Man Chat Meetings
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We trained 20 more ASIST suicide prevention care givers in December. A lovely group of caring and compassionate people from a variety of roles throughout the city and the shire.
We’re hoping to run a variety of different suicide prevention courses throughout the area next year and continue this great momentum in building suicide safer communities.