Local communities will be encouraged to ‘read between the lines’ during national Suicide Prevention Week which will run from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 September.
Vibrant Communities’ Lifestyle Development, Adults and Older People team will be working to promote the message that suicide is preventable and that anyone can help by acting on the signs they see in others.
In Scotland, suicide is one of the main causes of death among young people. Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy- whatever the person’s age. One suicide represents lost life, lost talent, a lost mother or father, brother or sister, and a wound that does not easily heal in those who are left behind.
People attempt suicide for a wide range of reasons. Some things, like a major life change, a loss or bereavement can trigger suicidal feelings. Long term factors such as abuse or illness can also lead to suicidal feelings.
People at risk of suicide may not always say or show how they feel, so the best way to identify the possibility of suicide is to ask the person directly.
Openly discussing someone’s thoughts of suicide and allowing them to talk about how they feel can be a source of relief for them, and can be key to preventing the immediate danger of suicide.
It is important that you also receive support if you face this situation and there are numerous organisations that can help like Breathing Space and the Samaritans.
The CHIP team deliver safeTALK, a training course that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.
Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.
The CHIP team also offers a whole range of exercise options from classes to walking groups, as well as physical activity and lifestyle advice.
There is a clear link between physical activity and good mental health. Evidence suggests that physical activity makes people feel better, through improvements in mood and positive changes in self-image.
These psychological benefits are a great reason to take part in regular physical activity, and they can help with long term motivation too. Exercise also promotes better sleep, and on the whole, people who are regularly active tend to fall asleep faster and sleep longer and more deeply than those who do not exercise regularly.
The CHIP Van will be out and about during September. You can drop in and find out a bit more or phone the team on 01563 576398.
For more information on the safeTALK training course please contact Faye Forsyth on 01563 576398.