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Also since the last update we have reached 96908 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
Asking about suicide is hard. It can feel daunting and often confusing as when to ask. It is okay to build to this question and our friends at SAMH & United to Prevent Suicide have put together some useful conversations starters that could help in leading us to ask about suicide
“Why don’t we have a coffee and talk about it?”
“I’ve been a bit worried about you"
“You haven’t been yourself lately, is everything alright?
Liam from SAMH and one of our team in the North East spent the day ‘walking and talking’ with John Gibson from the Canmore Trust.
John tragically lost his son Cameron to suicide in 2019 and alongside his family has put incredible effort and passion into helping others and trying to break down the stigma and barriers that exist.
It was moving to hear John tell his story and inspiring to hear how he walked from Lands End to John o’ Groats with the aim of starting a national conversation around suicide.
It is vital that we all work and learn together across Scotland to help those in need and try to support those with thoughts of suicide and those bereaved by suicide and it is always useful to understand what is happening in other areas of Scotland.
Read more about the Canmore Trust here - https://www.thecanmoretrust.co.uk/one-man-walking
Farming can be isolating, but if you are a farmer or work in agriculture and have been having a tough time, you are most definitely not alone and support is available. The NHS Grampian & Men's Health Forum ‘Fit for Farming’ offers some excellent advice and support:
Please speak up, it is one of the toughest but bravest things you can do.
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A fantastic and knowledgeable group and the support they offer each other and way they look out for each other and members of the community is incredible. Sandy and the team do some fantastic work and if you are a man in Aberdeenshire who feels they’re struggling or you’re worried about a man you know then we’d encourage you to reach out and learn more about what they do and how they can help you or a loved one.
Don’t man up, speak up.
Liam Yule from the SAMH north east Scotland Suicide Prevention team shared his thoughts on the impact of post pandemic life with many still struggling and feeling isolated.
Talking to children and young people about suicide can be scary and sometimes separating fact from myth can be difficult but the link below from Papyrus offers a fantastic guide on why it is important to have these conversations and how we can go about starting them - Supporting Your Child - A Guide for Parents
Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life. Our resource includes:
For more info click here
We live in fantastically vibrant multi cultural and multi lingual societies and it’s great to see SAMH investing in ensuring that many of the useful resources, including the ‘Suicide, Living with your thoughts’ are now available in other languages.
For more info click here
Read Christy’s story in The Press and Journal using her own experiences to support others.
We’re lucky to have Christy as part of the NE Suicide Prevention Team and her work saw her train almost 3,000 people in suicide prevention in 2021 alone, an incredible amount!
Fantastic to see SAMH North East Police Division Moray Council NHS Grampian Aberdeen City Council Aberdeenshire Council work together with other partners to help save lives across the NE. Suicide prevention really is everyone’s business and we all have the potential to be kind and help someone in need.
Are you struggling with your mental health, having issues with drug or alcohol addiction or are you currently unemployed?
Why not pop along to Fraserburgh Fitba and have a kick around and a chat?
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