Local Action Group Shines Light on Suicide Prevention During National Awareness Week

National Suicide Prevention week is running from 4th to the 10th of September, with International Suicide Prevention day being held on the 10th September with a theme of ‘Creating Hope Through Action.’

On the 10th of September each year, the international suicide prevention community aims to reduce stigma and reinforce the message that we can all play a part in helping to prevent suicide.

To support Suicide Prevention week the local multi-agency Suicide Prevention Action Group are raising awareness throughout the region with activities such as stalls at public venues and messaging on social media. Key messages for this year’s campaign are Talking Saves Lives, Together We Can Save Lives, and offering Time Space Compassion. These messages highlight that by being there to support each other and through listening with empathy we can help to save a live.

Sadly, the number of deaths by suicide in Dumfries and Galloway for 2022 was 16, this is slightly lower than the figure for 2021 which stood at 20. However, every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and has a devastating and lasting impact on those left bereaved.

Valerie White, Director of Public Health, NHS D&G, said: “Any suicide is devastating for loved ones, family, friends, colleagues and our wider community. People can feel suicidal for a range of reasons, such as financial issues, isolation, loneliness or bereavement. Talking openly about suicide is a way to reduce the stigma that prevents people from talking about how they are feeling or seeking help. It is hoped that by partner organisations working together, and with people in our communities, we can encourage and support making it easier for people to ask for help, and for people to offer help to someone in distress.” If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide there is a range of support available such as:

Your GP/Doctor surgery,

Breathing Space – phone 0800 83 85 87.

NHS 24 – phone 111 or www.nhsinform.scot Samaritans – phone 116 123 or email [email protected] or www.samaritans.org Download the Prevent Suicide D & G app on your electronic device