Suicide Prevention: Every Life Matters in Fife
Scotland’s national suicide prevention action plan “Every Life Matters ” is working towards a vision where suicide is preventable in Scotland. Where help and support is available to anyone contemplating suicide and also for those who have sadly lost a loved one to suicide.
Fife’s suicide rates sits just below the Scottish average and the Fife Suicide Prevention Core Group is a multiagency group who are responsible for overseeing local suicide prevention activity.
The impact of the Covid-19 outbreak is also being carefully considered by the Fife Suicide Prevention Core Group and specific, targeted activity is currently being explored.
We have recently refreshed and updated our “Keeping Connected” leaflet which provides a directory of services available throughout Fife who offer help and support on a range of issues. Please note: To print this leaflet, please use A3 paper.
Below is a list of helpful websites and helplines if you, or someone you know, is in need of support:
• NHS inform
• Moodcafe Fife
• Access Therapies Fife
• Breathing Space Tel: 0800 83 85 87 (Open Monday to Thursday 6pm – 2am; Friday to Monday 6pm – 6am).
• Samaritans Tel: 116 123 (24 hour support service).
• “Stay Alive” is a Suicide Safety App which is available and free to download.
NHS Education for Scotland developed short animations which provide information on suicide awareness and what to do if you are concerned about someone:
• Ask, Tell – look after your mental health: this animation explores what mental health is and that we all have mental health. Factors that can affect our mental health are explored, including how we can promote good mental health and respond compassionately to people who may be experiencing mental distress.
• 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 you to understand the signs that people may be thinking about suicide, and how and when to provide immediate help and support.
If you are concerned for an individual’s immediate safety
do not leave the individual alone and call 999 immediately.