A TOTAL of 784 suicides were recorded in Scotland last year, with an average of 15 people taking their own life per week.

And, worryingly, the suicide rate among under-25s reached its highest level in more than a decade.

Mairi Gordon, of Samaritans Scotland, told the Barrhead News: “That’s far too much heartbreak for families, friends and communities.

“We are deeply concerned to see deaths by suicide increase by 14 per cent.

“We believe everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. No single service alone can change the devastating figures we’ve seen in Scotland but, together, we can take action to prevent suicide.

“We need national and local government, health, social care and emergency services, charities and voluntary groups, schools, colleges and workplaces all to play a part.

“In our own lives, we can all play a part in promoting wellbeing and reducing stigma by taking time to talk and really listen to family, friends or co-workers who may be struggling. It may seem like a small step but research shows that, when people feel listened to, it can be life-saving.”

If you’re struggling, you can call Samaritans for free on 116 123. The line is open 24 hours a day.