In Scotland 2 men take their own lives every day. In the UK, 84 men a week take their own lives, that’s 12 every day. Suicide is the biggest killer of males under the age of 45 yet not enough people are talking about mental health.
If you are worried about your mental health or the mental health of someone you know then please talk to someone.
Below you will find a number of links to Mental Health organisation and resources which you may find useful. Mental health problems do not discriminate, so if one day this helps one person then it’s a start to the process of talking about mental health.
Prevent Suicide – also available as an app for your smartphone and/or tablet. This resource is local to Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray with information, contacts to local services and you can create your own safety plan.
Breathing Space (0800 83 85 87) – out of hours confidential help line for people in Scotland.
Samaritans (116 123) – confidential service offering emotional support.
Choose Life – Suicide prevention in Scotland
Penumbra 1st Response – a weekday, daytime service for people who require immediate, short term support and those who may be in distress or crisis.
Aberdeen (0800 234 3695) - http://www.penumbra.org.uk/service-locations/north-area-services/aberdeen/aberdeen-1st-response/
Aberdeenshire (0800 1357950) - http://www.penumbra.org.uk/service-locations/north-area-services/aberdeenshire/aberdeenshire-first-response/
CALM ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (0800 58 58 58) – London based but has a UK wide help line for those with mental health problems or those who have been affected by suicide.