A NEW campaign aiming to ensure that people thinking of taking their own lives and their families know where to go for help and support has been launched in Dundee.
Focussing on social media, the campaign, backed by the Dundee Partnership, highlights where appropriate advice can be found.
Alan Ross convener of Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee said: “Talking openly with someone about their feelings can help a person get clarity about what is troubling them and starting a conversation helps them to get perspective on their distress.
“You don’t need to have a solution to their problems, but being there for them and listening, without judgement, shows that you care and their distress, and ultimately their happiness, is important to you.
“But sometimes if someone is alone, can’t talk to a person close to them or needs more support there are places they can reach out to 24/7.
“This campaign highlights that help is just a click away by shining a light on the issues and breaking down barriers to giving and receiving help.”
Research by the Tayside Multi Agency Suicide Review Group shows most suicides take place in the home, and that the person will probably not be known to mental health services.
Cllr Ross added: “There isn’t a ‘type’ for suicide. It can affect all ages, ethnicities, genders and cultures.
“The majority of people thinking about suicide do not want to die; they want to end the pain they are suffering.
“Sometimes there are times when nobody could have predicted a death by suicide. However, in many cases, help and support can make a difference and avert a tragic outcome.”
Support is available from Breathing Space (0800 83 85 87) or Samaritans (116 123). If the person has immediate suicide plans, and the means to carry it out, call 999. Keep yourself safe.