Ask someone how they are feeling, it could help save their life

Suicide Prevention Week from 9 to 15 September

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Taking a minute or two to ask a friend, family member or work colleague who has been feeling down about how they are feeling, is sometimes all it takes to save a life.

Lynne MacDonald, suicide prevention lead in North Lanarkshire, explains: "Don't be scared to ask someone if they are thinking about suicide.

"It won't put the thought into their head if it wasn't there before, but it can be a big relief for them to be able to open up fully and acknowledge they need help and support.

"By taking the time to show you care and are there to listen, you could change their life."

To help people, NHS Health Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland have developed an online animation which aims to increase the confidence of individuals to support anyone in distress, by directing them to the specialist help they need at that time.

The campaign acknowledges that signs of suicide can be difficult to spot, but encourages people to take all signs of distress seriously, even if it seems a person is living a normal life.

Support available for those having suicidal thoughts include:

Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87

(Mon - Thu, 6pm - 2am; Fri, 6pm - Mon 6am)

Samaritans: 116 123 (24hrs)

NHS24: 111 (out of hours)

Childline: 0800 11 11 (24hrs)

HopeLine UK: 0800 068 4141

For Young people

For further information on mental health and well-being, visit Lanarkshire's Elament website:


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