Unfortunately for some people they can find it difficult to cope at times in their lives and for some they may harm themself or think of ending their life. We need to improve our responses to people in distress, both from services and the wider community, including action to prevent suicide and better support for people who self harm.
There are a range of suicide prevention activities underway across Greater Glasgow and Clyde, coordinated via the Choose Life Programmes and at Board level.
The NHSGG&C Self Harm Forum is a group of trainers who have completed the What's the Harm: Self Harm Awareness and Skills Training Course and play a key role in building capacity across the board area to help standardise understanding of and responses to self harm when used as a coping strategy.
Our Mental Health Improvement Prevention and Early Intervention Training and Capacity Building Pathway has been developed to reflect other National Training Frameworks. It aims to help organisations, staff and volunteers identity their mental health training needs, help them feel confident and supported to embed mental health improvement within their practice and feel equipped to provide support for people in situations of distress, including self harm and risk of suicide.
Our Suicide Alert Resources have been developed in recognition of the current context of COVID-19 and its impact on the public in terms of possible increases in both mental health concerns and numbers of people experiencing increased distress and/or suicidal thoughts. These can be download from our resources page.
The Basic Mental Health (Adult) session from our Healthy Minds Resource aims to raise awareness of mental health, what can impact on mental health, what to look our for if someone is struggling with their mental health and what we can do to help protect and support mental health .
Ask Tell, Save a Life: Every Life Matters: An animation developed by Public Health Scotland and NHS Education Scotland explores the issue of suicide, including statistics and facts about suicide in Scotland. It helps learners understand the signs that people may be thinking about suicide, and how and when to provide immediate help and support.