Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. You may ask why we are talking about that on the SU Scotland blog. Here’s why.
- Suicide is a leading cause of death in Scotland among people aged 15-34 years.
- In 2012, suicide accounted for 29% of all male deaths in this age group (181 out of 619 deaths), and 21% of all female deaths (57 out of 271 deaths).
- Suicide rates in Scotland are roughly twice that in England & Wales.
We believe that you matter, and that your story is important. We believe that God made you with a purpose and a plan, and that it is a good one. We believe that no one else can play your part.
We also know that life is hard, and we all need help from time to time. Please don’t suffer in silence. Please don’t walk this road alone. We were made to need each other. At the beginning of the Bible, a man asks the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”* So often we ask this question incredulously, as if to say, of course not! But the very next verse challenges us: “Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” We are our brother’s keeper. We are meant to live in community. To ask the difficult questions of each other. To wrestle and struggle and laugh and cry and celebrate and mourn alongside each other. So, we need each other. We need you to play your part.
To Write Love on her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. The resources to find help listed on their website are just a few of many. Regardless of what you may be facing, reaching out for help from a counsellor, joining a support group, or even calling a hotline can be a great place to start.
*Gen 4:9 Statistics from the Scottish Public Health Observatory