Anyone can save a life
Suicide is a community wide health problem
Thoughts of suicide are understandable, complex and personal. Not everyone who’s thinking about suicide wants to die, they may simply just want to end their feelings of hopelessness.
Most people with thoughts of suicide indicate, directly or indirectly, that they want help to live. Some people considering suicide may hint at or even tell someone close to them that they are having suicidal thoughts, whether that is a family member, a friend, a neighbour or a colleague. Other people might not tell anyone at all.
Help-seeking is encouraged by open, direct and honest talk about suicide.
The best way to identify people with thoughts of suicide is to ask them directly about their thoughts. There is no evidence to suggest that asking someone if they are thinking about suicide will increase their chances of completing suicide.
Suicide can be prevented. Taking a minute to ask someone how they are feeling, it could help save their life.
Being open to listening without judgment helps reduce the stigma that often surrounds suicide and self-harm
Call 999 if the person has immediate suicide plans.
Ask, Tell - Save A Life: Every Life Matters
This animation explores the issue of suicide, including statistics and facts about suicide in Scotland. It helps learners understand the signs that people may be thinking about suicide, and how and when to provide immediate help and support. NHS Education for Scotland – Public Health Scotland.
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