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Also since the last update we have reached 51000 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.



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



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


We recently spent some time with the guys at Man Chat and were inspired when speaking to some of the men attending the groups, many of whom told us that had it not been for the regular meet ups they wouldn’t be alive today. If you are a man who is struggling with your wellbeing or you are someone who is worried about a man in your life then perhaps Man Chat can help. We’re looking forward to working together with all the services throughout Aberdeen and the Shire to support those with thoughts of suicide and reduce suicide rates.


For more details, the location of their next meetings and events see their Facebook page or message them directly:


Facebook: click here




ASIST Training


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.