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Suicide prevention is everyone’s business and continues to be a priority in Lanarkshire.


That’s the message of Suicide Prevention Week which runs 5 to 11 September.


Every year during Suicide Prevention Week organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.


Every suicide is a tragedy that has a far-reaching impact long after a person has died.


Jenny Hutton, NHS Lanarkshire’s public mental health and wellbeing development manager, said:


“The past eighteen months have been tough for everyone. The key message to emphasise is that suicide is preventable. We should all look out for each other, encourage people to talk about their feelings and seek support when they need it.


“If someone close to you shows signs of not being themselves – even if the signs come and go – ask them about it. Talking openly about feelings can help someone get clarity or perspective on their distress.


“You don’t need to have a solution to their problems – being there for them and listening, without judgement, shows that you care.”


Support and help is available around the clock.


This year suicide prevention coasters will be distributed across Lanarkshire to pubs, restaurants and eateries with key points to look out for if you are worried about someone and support line contacts.


Help and support is available at:


  • Samaritans – 116 123 (24hr) Calls are free & confidential.Email jo@samaritans.org  For people experiencing distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.
  • Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 (6pm – 2am daily and 24 hours weekends) A free and confidential phone-line service for any individual, who is experiencing low mood or depression.
  • For help and support for mental health, speak to a GP or if out of hours, call NHS 24 on 111.
  • Lanarkshire Suicide Prevention App- search for SP Lanarkshire with App store provider
  • ChildLine 0800 1111 – a free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.
  • HopeLine UK (0800 24 20 24) a free service for childen &young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide and for anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide.
  • http://www.elament.org.uk– for more focused supports and services
  • https://www.lanarkshiremindmatters.scot.nhs.uk– run by NHS Lanarkshire Adult Psychological Services. It aims to link patients to mental health information, advice and help, wherever they live in Lanarkshire.
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