Football clubs across Scotland are amongst the first to receive a new mental health and suicide prevention training resource for players, staff and community networks.

Funded by the Scottish Government and created by NHS Education for Scotland and NHS Health Scotland, the online resource will be shared with all 42 professional football clubs, along with 300 mental health first aiders working at around 80 football organisations throughout the country.

The training, which is part of the Scottish Government’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan, will also be distributed to all local authorities and will be included in NHS health board workforce development planning from June 2019.

Some facts about mental health and suicide:

  • Sadly, the suicide rate went up in Scotland last year
  • Never has it been more important to talk about how we are feeling
  • One in three of us will experience poor mental health this year
  • Know that help and support is available
  • These new films provide practical advice
  • If you are in crisis, the Samaritans are available 24/7 via 116 123

The Scottish Government & NHS Scotland have released a short series of five minute animations designed to inform people about the importance of conversations around mental health.

Football recognises that poor mental health could affect us all – fans, players, coaches, backroom staff, volunteers, administrators; our communities. We fundamentally believe that suicide is everyone’s business.

And so, part of the SPFL Trust’s work with the Suicide Prevention Action Group, the SPFL and the Scottish Football Association have committed to the dissemination of these new films across our networks and actively encourage you to do the same.

Together, we can reach hundreds of thousands of people!

Below are the films:

Ask, Tell – Look After Your Mental Health

The animation explores what mental health is and that we all have mental health. Factors that can affect our mental health are explored, including how we can promote good mental health and respond compassionately to people who may be experiencing mental distress.


Ask, Tell – Have a Healthy Conversation

This animation gives practical tips about how and when to have compassionate conversations with people who may be feeling suicidal or experiencing mental distress. It highlights the range of communication skills that should be used including listening, questioning and responding skills. It also provides information on how to get immediate help and support.


Ask, Tell – Save A Life: Every Life Matters

This animation explores the issue of suicide, including statistics and facts about suicide in Scotland. It helps learners understand the signs that people may be thinking about suicide, and how and when to provide immediate help and support.