SAMH, NHS Grampian and Police Scotland unite as mental health issues rise


SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), NHS Grampian Public Health and Police Scotland made the call amid growing concerns about the impact the past two years have had on people’s mental health.

Organizations work together to share information and resources to better support the local community.

They’ve just launched a new joint guide, designed to help anyone concerned that someone in their life is suicidal – from how to pop the question to how to get the right support.

The organizations have launched a new joint guide, designed to help anyone worried that someone in their life is suicidal

Liam Yule, SAMH’s Suicide Prevention Manager and North East Suicide Prevention Manager, said: ‘It has been an incredibly difficult couple of years and everyone has had their ‘normal’ routine affected. in a significative way. It is extremely important that we continue the conversation about suicide and suicide prevention.

“We are working together because we believe this, along with increased community engagement and training, will help encourage people to be more open about suicide, create safer communities from suicide across the region.

“With the new guide added to the Prevent Suicide app, we are creating a comprehensive source of helpful tips and tricks and ways to start a conversation about suicide, as well as information on some of the fantastic local services available to support those who have thoughts of suicide. suicide.”

The organizations say that while there’s a long-standing myth asking someone if they’re suicidal can increase their risk of trying to kill themselves, that’s not true.

Paul Southworth, public health consultant at the NHS Grampian, added: ‘There’s no harm in asking if someone is feeling suicidal, it doesn’t put that thought in their head – studies have shown people are less likely to try their luck. life if they can talk about their thoughts and feelings.

“As we have seen through engaging with members of our communities, suicide can affect anyone, regardless of background. This means that suicide prevention is everyone’s business and the more it is highlighted and discussed, the more effective it will be.

As part of the suicide prevention focus, police officers in the Northeast have received additional training on factors that may indicate that a person is at higher risk of attempting suicide. This will allow them to spot someone at risk and then help them get the right local support.

Chief Inspector Darren Bruce, of Police Scotland’s North East Division, said: ‘It’s really encouraging to see that there are a lot of messages out there for people in difficulty and with mental health issues.

“However, what is equally important is that there are mechanisms in place to support those around someone they believe may be in trouble so that they know what help to offer and direct anyone in distress towards.”

For local suicide prevention information or to download the Prevent Suicide app, visit

For crisis support or after-hours support, call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or the Samaritans on 116 123.

For more information or to arrange emotional support, contact SAMH on 0344 800 0550 between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.


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