This week marks suicide awareness week, the time of year when the message that it’s okay to speak about what’s on your mind is trumpeted by mental health groups.
Perth and Kinross council have been working on resources available from their website for people looking for support, either for themselves, friends or family members.
Eloise Vajk, Perth and Kinross Council’s suicide prevention coordinator, told us: “I think it really came about from wanting to help tackle the stigma that comes about from mental health and suicide.
“Many people really think that suicide prevention isn’t their problem or it’s not any of their business.
“I think its in the same bracket as not talking about how much money you make or not talking about who you vote for.
“But the truth is that suicide can affect any age, it can affect any gender, any ethnicity and it can permeate any culture.”
While face to face training is not available, the Perth and Kinross Council have a directory of free online training which is available.
Click here to follow the link to their page: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/20587/Mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources
Eloise Vajk also suggested several organisations which provide help and support for those who need it.
While also stressing that the best course of action is to contact your GP if you have an issue which you need to address.
The following are the names and contact details of organisations which to get in touch with regarding mental health.
Perth and Kinross Council directory of mental health organisations:
The Samaritans: 116 123
Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87