World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September was marked this year with the launch of a new movement in Scotland: United to Prevent Suicide.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people and affects more men are more likely to die by suicide than women, however it can affect all ages, genders and cultures.

United to Prevent Suicide is a new unifying identity for suicide prevention in Scotland. It marks a new approach to preventing suicide as set out in Scotland’s National Suicide Prevention Action Plan.

Talking Saves Lives - the brand encourages a movement to talk about suicide as a means of breaking down the barriers of taboo and stigma. The aim is to support people to feel confident talking about suicide and supporting people to access help.

We all have to play our part in preventing suicide and we are encouraging services, organisations and community groups to sign up to the pledge and help raise awareness by sharing the pledges on social media.

The website address is

Please share widely with your networks - together we can work together to prevent suicide.

Urgent Help

A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a physical one. You will not be wasting anyone’s time. Call 999 or got to A&E now if you do not feel you can keep yourself or someone else safe.

The following services offer confidential support from trained staff and volunteers. You can talk about anything that is troubling you, no matter how difficult:

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