When it is darkest, you can see the stars (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Starry night sky

The quote above was from one of those highlighted for World Suicide Prevention Day in 2021.

World Suicide Prevention Day is hosted on 10th September each year by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and provides the opportunity for people, across the world, to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention

I will be away on annual leave next week, so wanted to post this before I go, as I will still be off by the date of the next World Suicide Prevention Day. The National ASP Communications Group have been supporting the messaging around Suicide Prevention. Hopefully we will contribute to the prevention agenda in this way and some of the supports available may ensure that people contemplating suicide may access that support and thus not go on to remain adults at risk of harm who might come under the auspices of the Adult Support and Protection legislation. In addition, we hope by adding our voices to the messages about Suicide Prevention, our colleagues around Scotland will go on to support our Adult Support and Protection communications, particularly around the time of National ASP Awareness Day on 20th February every year.

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the country, but suicide among teenage girls and young women have almost doubled in recent years (Mental Health UK).

As part of our commitment to share helpful information and positive messages about suicide prevention, I have shared some resources with the National ASP Lead Officers and encouraged them to share these with their networks. Below is the link to some videos (shared by colleagues from Ayrshire – many thanks) – which help to dispel some of the myths around Suicide:


Feel free to share these with your networks and possibly save a life.