Encouraging people to talk openly about suicide is at the heart of our new prevention campaign.
The ‘Let’s Talk’ campaign is focused on raising awareness about suicide prevention as the latest figures show a worrying increase in people taking their own lives.
This year, 49 people in North Lanarkshire have taken their own lives with the rate amongst 15-24 year old men in Scotland at its highest since 2007; and the rate among 25-34 year olds at its highest rate since 2013. There has also been a worrying increase in female suicide rates.
Paul Kelly, Depute Leader of North Lanarkshire Council said: “The emotional impact on families, friends and communities bereaved by suicide is devastating and can have awful long-lasting effect on those left behind.
“We have developed this new campaign to help assist with local and national efforts to raise awareness about suicide prevention. We can all play a part in saving lives.
“We are asking everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide. If you’re worried about someone, a friend, a family member or work colleague, asking them directly about their feelings can help to save their life.
“If someone you are close to shows signs of not being themselves, when changes in their behaviour begin to worry you – even if the signs come and go – it is vital to ask them about it.
“Talking openly about their feelings can help a person get clarity about what is troubling them. Starting this conversation can make such a difference. You don’t need to have all the answers, but by being there for them and listening, without judgement, shows that you care and their distress, and ultimately their happiness, is important to you.
“By taking the time to show you care and are there to listen, you could change their life.”
The new campaign is for people of all ages and will feature a video including young people which will be appearing on STV and social media over the festive period. New images and branding to help raise awareness about suicide prevention have also been developed.
If you are worried or concerned about suicide call: Samaritans on:116 123; or Breathing Space on: 0800 838587.