Suicide Prevention Week

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PEOPLE across Dundee are being encouraged to join forces this week to help prevent suicide.

As part of the annual National Suicide Prevention Week residents are being reminded that preventing suicide is everyone’s business and can only be achieved when everyone makes it a priority.

National Suicide Prevention Week aims to raise awareness of suicide, encourage people to talk about mental health and wellbeing openly, and provide information about agencies that offer support.

Kevin Cordell convener of Dundee City council’s community safety and public protection committee said: β€œWhen someone close to us isn’t themselves we usually notice. But if those behaviour changes start to worry you the most important aspect is to ask them about it.

β€œTalking openly about their feelings can help a person get some perspective on what is troubling them and you don’t need to have a solution. Just being there for them and listening, without judgement, shows that you care.

β€œAsk if they are thinking about suicide. It won’t put the thought into their head if it wasn’t there already, but it can be a huge relief for them to be able to open up completely and recognise they need help and support.”

As part of Suicide Prevention Week NHS Health Scotland and NHS Education Scotland have produced an animated video which helps people understand the signs that someone may be thinking about suicide, and how and when to provide immediate help and support.

The video is at www.bit.ly/AskTellSaveALife

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