Suicide Prevention Day

 

PEOPLE-POWERED MOVEMENT TO PREVENT SUICIDE IN SCOTLAND LAUNCHES ON WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY,

A movement to make Scotland the most supportive nation in the world has kicked off on World Suicide Prevention Day today (10 September).

Informed by thousands of people across Scotland and co-produced with people of lived experience, United to Prevent Suicide, a new campaign launched by Scotland’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG), aims to build confidence to talk about suicide and invites people to pledge their support to the national movement for change.
It comes as a new YouGov poll commissioned by the NSPLG revealed that nearly a third (31%) of people in Scotland wouldn’t know how to help if someone they knew was having suicidal thoughts, and over a third (36%) have never spoken about suicide with anyone.
While people in Scotland are most confident talking to their friends about suicide (51%), over a third of (39%) would not feel confident talking about suicide with their family, and when it comes to the workplace, over half of workers (54%) would not feel confident broaching the subject with colleagues.

With sobering figures revealing that in Scotland on average two people die every day by suicide* and at any one time around 1 in 20 people are contemplating suicide**, the campaign comes at a time when the impact of the pandemic on mental health remains high on the national agenda.

As the easing of lockdown brings new challenges, the Chair of Scotland’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group, Rose Fitzpatrick hopes the national effort will encourage people to open up a dialogue about suicide and know where help is available, or how to help someone struggling.
Ms Fitzpatrick commented: “Many of us have been affected by suicide in some way, so it has never been more important to be able to talk about suicide. Giving each one of us the confidence to ask or tell a member of our family, a friend or colleague about suicide really will make a difference. I am excited to launch United to Prevent Suicide today because it is a way to bring people together so that we have the confidence to talk about suicide and to save lives.”

Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey said: “Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. It’s important that we all feel able to listen and talk about suicide more openly and that is why I am encouraging everyone to join the movement for change
– United to Prevent Suicide. By being open and honest we will break down barriers and help to save lives.”

Councillor Stuart Currie, CoSLA Health and Social Care Spokesperson added: “The activities which take place across Scotland’s Council areas aim to reduce the rates of suicide and the launch of United to Prevent Suicide forms a crucial part of this important programme of work. Suicide can happen to anyone and by listening and talking about suicide, we can all do something to help. I encourage supporters to join the movement and sign up to the United to Prevent Suicide pledge.”

Supporters are invited to join the movement by first signing the pledge at www.unitedtopreventsuicide.org.uk The movement aims to help improve knowledge and skills in suicide prevention through a United to Prevent Suicide pack, which includes learning resources on listening and talking about suicide.
The campaign is supported by Liam Hayman, who, after struggling with gender dysphoria and social problems throughout his teenage years, attempted suicide on two occasions. Now in recovery and a student at university, Liam is using his own experience to support the campaign.

He said: “I was fortunate enough to survive my suicide attempt and with support I began a slow recovery process, but for too many people in Scotland, the ending is loss of life. Scotland needs a new suicide prevention initiative and that is what we are, as a huge collaborative effort, building.

“As we develop the new suicide prevention initiative it is vital that the input of those with lived experience of suicide, and its consequences, are included. I applied to be a member of the NSPLG lived experience panel so that I can use my experience to make sure that what is being implemented is as relevant as possible.”

Scotland’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) was set up to help drive implementation of the Scottish Government’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan (2018).
Together we can save lives, so let’s talk suicide. Join the conversation @unitedtopreventsuicide.org.uk
#UnitedToPreventSuicide

Feedback from Young People

SHINE and Generation Scotland are delighted with the response from SHINE schools to the opportunity to participate in the TeenCOVIDLife survey. Over 5,500 Scottish young people completed survey one, of whom 88% were from SHINE schools.

 

The general report, which includes the preliminary findings from TeenCOVIDLife survey one, was launched today, Monday 10th August, 2020. Please find attached the general report and a one-page infographic of the key findings. The 36 SHINE schools, who met the required number of survey completions to receive a school-level data report, will receive this within one month.

 

Participants from survey one who provided their e-mail addresses will be invited to participate in TeenCOVIDLife survey two launching later this month. Details of this can also be found on the Generation Scotland website at http://www.ed.ac.uk/generation-scotland/covidlife-volunteers/teencovidlife

 

Free Additional Support Needs webinars from Children in Scotland

Through the Wellbeing Fund, Children in Scotland are able to deliver five free
webinars aimed at parents and carers of children with additional support needs.
The webinars aim to provide a space where people can connect, share and learn
together under the guidance of expert trainers.

They`re going live on:

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 10.30am-12pm (FREE)
Discussing coronavirus and lockdown with children/teens with ASNDelivered by Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy

Monday, 20 July 2020, 3pm-4.30pm (FREE)
Supporting children/teens with ASN to manage health anxieties. Delivered by Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 10.30-12pm (FREE)
Understanding children`s rights and additional support requirements
Delivered by My Rights, My Say

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 10.30am-12pm (FREE)
Creating positive home routines for children/teens with ASN
Delivered by Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy

Friday, 31 July 2020, 3pm-4.30pm (FREE)
Supporting children/teens with ASN with their transition back to schooling
Delivered by Corrie McLean, Three Sisters Consultancy

You can find details of all of the upcoming webinars by clicking on the link
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/children-in-scotland-20206726841?utm_source=phplist5981&utm_medium=email&utm_content=HTML&utm_campaign=Free

Can’t Talk Write: helping young people to express how they feel

Can’t Talk Write: helping young people to express how they feel
This toolkit is evidence based and promotes writing as a means of supporting young
people to improve their mental wellbeing. It helps them feel calmer and supports them to articulate their thoughts and feelings.
There are two toolkits: one for young people aged 11-18 years old and one for adults working with young people. Each toolkit includes printable activities and ideas to get young people writing. Writing is a great way to express thoughts and feelings. Getting things down on paper can really help to make sense of problems, too.
https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/children-young-people/mental-health/cant-talk-write/?utm_source=corporate&utm me-dium=referral&utm_campaign=&utm_content=cant-talk-write-royal-mail

Teen Journaling

Ideas on journals for teens
Teen journaling is a tool for helping teens understand themselves better. It can help adolescents gain a more positive perspective on their lives by developing an awareness of events, memories and feelings and learn coping skills that can be used throughout life. This website gives lots of tips on skills for keeping a journal and different ways to do it.
https://extension2.missouri.edu/gh6150

Let’s get cooking

This is an ideal time to get everyone cooking, gain life skills and find healthy cheap meals to enjoy making.
Jack Munroe – cooking on a bootstrap
https://cookingonabootstrap.com/category/recipes-food/

Jamie Oliver – cheap and cheerful recipes
https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/course/cheap-cheerful/

British Heart Foundation – online recipe finder
https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/healthy-living/healthy-eating/recipe-finder

Play Scotland – free home play pack

Play Scotland have launched a new home play pack which has some great tips and ideas for families to fit play in their day.

In the pack you will find
 What happens when children are playing and why is it important
 Great ideas for playing in and around the home
 Loose parts play with free and low-cost resources
 Top tips and helpful websites.

https://www.playscotland.org/resources/