World Changing Glasgow: Conversations

Published: 15 April 2021

Trigger Warning: Discussions of Suicide – latest in the series discusses Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

Trigger Warning: Discussions of Suicide

While public health measures, such as lockdown, have been necessary to protect the general population, the effects of COVID-19 on the population's mental health and wellbeing are likely to be profound and long-lasting. Investigating the trajectory of mental health and wellbeing is crucial to giving us a better understanding of the challenges people face. However mental health and wellbeing challenges are not exclusive to the pandemic.

In the latest in our series of World Changing Glasgow: Conversations, we bring together an expert panel to share how mental health and wellbeing and in particular suicide prevention is everyone's business and how we can work together to ensure that no one has to face these things alone.

The event will take place on Tuesday 27 

The expert panel will be led by Professor Rory O'Connor, Professor of Health Psychology from the University's Institute of Health & Wellbeing and President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). Joining Rory will be Billy Watson, CEO, Scottish Association for Mental Health and Dr Elizabeth Scowcroft, Head of Research from the Samaritans.

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If you have been affected by any of the issues discussed in our upcoming event/and would like to talk to someone, please reach out. Support is available at any of the following places:

  • The SamaritansFree and available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
  • The Samaritans work with an organisation called Befrienders Worldwide offering support lines in many countries throughout the world. The drop down for numbers by country is at the top right of this page.
  • Breathing Space: Free and confidential phoneline service in Scotland for any individual, who is experiencing low mood or depression, or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to. The phoneline is open 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday - 6am Monday) and from 6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday - Thursday).
  • UofG Counselling Service
  • UofG Mental Health First Aid & Support
  • PAM Assist
  • Togetherall: Online mental health information and guidance viaTogetherall continues to be available to all students with their GUID, regardless of location.

You may also wish to contact your GP or another healthcare professional.

If you think your life or someone’s life is in danger you should visit an emergency department or call an ambulance by dialling 999.

First published: 15 April 2021