Raising awarenessInternational Suicide Prevention Week 2011
International Suicide Prevention Week takes place on 4th-10th September. The week provides an opportunity to raise public awareness about this sensitive issue and highlight that in Scotland, suicide is one of the main causes of death among young people today. Every day around two people die from suicide in Scotland. Most people who attempt suicide do not want to die; they want to end the pain they are suffering.
Talking about suicide can save lives which is why its important to open up when you are feeling down. If you are worried that someone is suicidal, ask them. It could save their life.
If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair, suicidal or need emotional support please call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87. Phonelines are open 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday - 6am Monday) and 6pm - 2am on weekdays (Monday - Thursday).
Outwith these hours you can contact Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90. Your call will be confidential and will be taken by a trained Samaritans volunteer. The phoneline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For further information about suicide prevention in Scotland, please visit www.chooselife.net to access the national strategy and action plan.