This weekend marks the end of Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, with World Suicide Prevention Day this Sunday, September 10.

It’s a week in the calendar which helps raise awareness and puts a focus on the vital work around suicide prevention.

But, for the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s health promotion team, alongside other Fife organisations, this work doesn’t stop and carries on throughout the year.

Ruth Bennett, health promotion manager, explained that continuing to talk about suicide prevention is vital, insisting: “Suicide prevention is everyone’s business.”

She said: “We want anyone in crisis to know they are not alone and that there is a team of people and organisations across the Kingdom there for them – this week and every week of the year.

“Our hope as we move towards the end of the awareness week is for people in our communities not to forget three simple words from our campaign this year – time, space, compassion.”

These words were used as part of this year’s campaign by the partnership’s health promotion team as a simple way for people to remember how they can be there for someone who might need them:

· Offer them your time

· Give them the space to talk

· Show compassion.

Ruth added: “We also remind people to show themselves time, space and compassion too – and if anyone should feel in crisis or in distress there’s a range of ways to get help. A full range of information, numbers to phone and organisations to contact can be found in one place on the dedicated page of the NHS Fife website.

“And if it’s a concern for your own or someone else’s safety phone 999 immediately.”

Fife has a well-established Suicide Prevention Network – made up of organisations including Samaritans, Fife Voluntary Action, BEAR Scotland, Fife Council and NHS Fife – who share good practice and key information.

Ruth added: “Bringing people and partner organisations together is the key to our approach in Fife. And we intend to continue to strengthen our existing collaborations to do all we can now as well as identifying new ways to help people who need us.”