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1000s of workers in Aberdeenshire trained in suicide prevention during the pandemic

Leading employers in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire have completed vital and potentially lifesaving suicide prevention training ahead of Suicide Prevention Day 2021

As part of efforts to support people in the North East of Scotland, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) has completed over 200 suicide prevention training sessions over the pandemic to over 2,300 people. SAMH coordinates the North East Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NESPLG), which brings together suicide prevention expertise from across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, and Moray, with a shared commitment to save lives.

The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland show that more than one person a week lost their life to suicide in Grampian in 2020.

The training has been delivered to people working in key employers and industries in the north, including Police Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen Council, NHS Grampian, HM Coastguard Grampian & Tayside, oil & gas, education, fishing, and farming.

Liam Yule North East Suicide Prevention Lead for SAMH 2 min
Liam Yule, North East Suicide Prevention Lead for SAMH

The introductory sessions aim to provide a grounding for people to feel more informed and confident about having a conversation with someone about suicide and connecting them with appropriate support.  

Liam Yule, North East Suicide Prevention Lead for SAMH, said: “We work with incredible partners across the North East of Scotland to provide people from different backgrounds and communities with the skills they need to help someone at risk of suicide.

“Thinking about suicide is very common – in fact, it’s estimated that one person in 20 is thinking about suicide at any one time – so training like this is really valuable for us all. It’s been great to get feedback from participants that many of them think it will be helpful not just in their professional lives, but also in their personal lives.

“As we collectively focus on recovery from the pandemic, we need to encourage people to talk about suicide, to feel able to ask for help, and to feel confident to give help when it’s needed; and Suicide Prevention Day is a great time to shine a light on this.”

The NESPLG works closely with Police Scotland to help officers respond in different scenarios and to provide follow up support to groups affected by suicide. This includes using data to identify at-risk demographics and quickly target them with tailored support and training.

Darren Bruce Police Scotland North East Division min
Darren Bruce, Police Scotland North East Division

Darren Bruce, who leads the Harm Reduction team in Police Scotland’s North East Division said: “The police have an important role to play in helping prevent suicide. We’ve built a really meaningful and valuable partnership with SAMH and the North East Suicide Prevention Group that allows us to support some of the most at-risk groups in. This could be within a school, an online community, or a geographical region. Working with SAMH means that together, we ensure the right people are getting the right support.

“We’re in the process of developing a bespoke training programme for officers which will complement the existing suicide prevention training, which has included providing them with the skills to have conversations with members of the public in distress, and to escalate for longer term support if required.”

Fourteen rescue teams from the HM Coastguard, including in Aberdeen and Grampian, have also completed the training having often being called upon to assist people with thoughts of suicide. The training has helped rescue officers to better support those who need it. 

April Doig, Senior Coastal Operations Officer at HM Coastguard Tayside & Grampian said: “The training has helped to open the conversation and dissolve the stigma around mental health.  It also helps our Coastguard rescue officers better help and support those in our communities, their own friends and families and each other. With so many people experiencing mental health problems, especially during such a difficult year, this training is invaluable.

“People are often concerned in these kinds of situations that they may accidentally say the wrong thing, but our SAMH trainer gave us the confidence and tools we need to help, which is really empowering.”

Along with emergency services and frontline workers, the training has been well received with employees of Aberdeenshire Council, helping managers and mental health first aiders upskill.

Mitch Robertson, Health Promotion Officer, Wellbeing Team at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “My role is to drive wellbeing within Aberdeenshire employees, I firmly believe to improve one’s wellbeing whether that’s physically or mentally, there needs to be information shared on topics like suicide and mental health conditions because we need to reduce stigma around these topics and encourage people to speak up, so I try and set up these sort of workshops to get people involved, raise awareness and ultimately help reduce stigma.


“The training is beneficial because again its raising awareness of a tricky topic, it will help reduce the stigma around suicide and it will compliment other training we do such as mental health for managers, stress management and reduction and mental health first aid.”

SAMH is encouraging those affected by suicide in any way to download the free Prevent Suicide app, which has been created to offer support for those living across the region. To download the app, visit

There are several events taking place in Aberdeen in the lead up to and on Suicide Prevention Day 2021, including a drop-in Conversation Café in Union Square on Suicide Prevention Day, where team members will be sharing suicide prevention materials and information. Marischal College will also be lit up yellow on the day.

For more information, visit

If you’re thinking of suicide and need help now, you can contact the Samaritans 24/7 free of charge on 116 123.

Scottish week Peterhead

New Scottish Week Peterhead 2021 ended

Famous Scottish Week Peterhead ended today last event, Songs of Praise 7.00 PM.

And so another Scottish week Peterhead ended.

We would like to thank the organisers Peterhead Scottish Week and to everyone who helped them for an interesting and entertaining week.

Big Thanks to Red Arrows RAF Lossiemouth it’s be great display!

Hope you back next year!

Peterhead Live and I expect the residents and guests of Peterhead to join us to thank you.

Scottish week Peterhead

A little about Scottish week

Since 1961 Scotland and other parts of the World have celebrated our nationality and the produce of Scotland by holding a gala festival of celebration called Scottish Week.

Many towns and villages throughout Scotland held events.

In the UK only Peterhead, Aberdeenshire still celebrate it as do New York in America.

Uptake by local authorities of a “Scottish Week” Gala was slow but initially 10 places throughout Scotland decided to take up the challenge to promote the country by hosting a programme of events.

Those first ten Scottish Weeks, due to take place in the summer of 1962, were Arbroath, Coupar, Dunfermline, Rothsay, Gourock, Peterhead, Portsoy, Edinburgh, Skye and Stranraer.

Scottish Week Peterhead continues to be one of the top galas in Scotland; a benchmark for others to follow.

The crowds are bigger at events despite opposition from the weather.

The original purpose of the committee back in 1962 was to encourage locals, businesses and tourists to make it thee week to be in Peterhead – the same purpose is the desire of the committee today.

Peterhead Scottish Week

What happened this week

17 July Peterhead Producers Market 10.00 AM – 3.30 PM

17 July Trivia & Tunes Quiz 7:00 PM

18 July Truck & Van Show 10.00 AM

18 July the “MASSON GLENNIE” Picnic 11.00 AM – 5.00PM

19 July The 8th Great Buchan Bake Off 7.30 PM

20 July Prize Bingo 6.00 PM

21 July Artists Challenge 2.30 PM

21 July Baby Show 3.00 PM

21 July RED ARROWS 7.00 PM

22 July Sandcastle competition 2.00 PM

22 July Kids Outdoor Disco (under 12s) 4.00 PM

22 July Dog Tricks Competition 7.00 PM

23 July Live from Peterhead 7.30 PM

24 July Famous Car Show 10.00 AM

24 July Fancy Dress Competition 1.00 PM

24 July ASCO Carnival Parade 2.00 PM

25 July Songs of Praise 7.00 PM


local store

Local Store Community Champion Sheena

Morrisons Community Champion Sheena from Peterhead local store

Sheena has done a huge amount of fundraising for Young Lives vs Cancer reaching over £88,000 for the charity!

This whopping figure is a huge amount for one store alone, helping Morrisons collectively get to a total of £15 million for the charity so far.

What a fantastic achievement!

Well Done Sheena!

Also, Sheena and Morrisons Peterhead Community support local organisations like – Salvation Army Peterhead Corps, Peterhead Foodbank Centre, Buchan Giving Tree and etc.

Amazing community in Peterhead & surrounding areas.

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Local company Strachans

Local company Strachans are sponsoring Peterhead based professional golfer

Strachans local company are sponsoring Peterhead based professional golfer Ross Cameron.

Strachans are sponsoring Peterhead based professional golfer Ross Cameron as he looks to build on his fantastic achievements in 2020!

In a very shortened golfing calendar in 2020, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Ross won the Scottish PGA Championship, the PGA Northern Open and topped the PGA Scottish region order of merit.

Strachans contacted me towards the end of last year to congratulate me on my successes and to offer their help for the 2021 season. With tournament costs relatively high in comparison to prize money on offer, their help is invaluable to me and pretty much necessary to allow me to play these tournaments. It’s great to have a local company sponsoring me as I look to build on the successes of my 2020 season.”

Ross said

In 2021 Ross is competing on the PGA Europro Tour, a third tier development tour with the goal of gaining promotion to the second tier for 2022. This week Ross is competing at an Europro Tour event in Newbury and is currently sitting 3 shots off the lead.

Wishing you all the very best of success in your 2021 season ahead, Ross and we are proud to be sponsoring you this year.

Ross Cameron


Ross Cameron achieved the biggest success of his career in winning the Loch Lomond Whiskies PGA Scottish Championship and in doing so experience some sunshine in an otherwise gloomy year.

Cancelled tournaments and shut down golf clubs due to the lockdown meant the 41-year-old from Peterhead had to take on a part-time job in a supermarket to supplement his income.

But those worries were temporarily cast aside at Deer Park Golf and Country Club as he won the Tartan Tour’s flagship event.

BBC Scotland topical TV discussion programme is touring the country virtually, Wednesday 31 March.

BBC Scotland to give the people of Scotland the opportunity to have their say about the issues that matter most to you.

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Debate Night are inviting people in Aberdeenshire to apply now for episode on Wednesday 31 March.

Members of the general public in Aberdeenshire are invited to apply to join live audience via Zoom and have your say in the evening’s programme. Maybe you are a parent, frontline worker, run a business, a student, have been self-isolating or your work has been affected by Coronavirus; whatever your situation, we want you to apply and be part of the discussion.

As a Debate Night audience member, it is YOUR questions which lead the discussion and the stories, experiences and opinions you share with us that matter most. It is the only TV programme of its kind in the country to allow you the chance to put your questions to Scotland’s key decision-makers and public figures each week.


HOW TO TAKE PART: click ‘Join the Audience’ and fill out an application form.  

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