An app to support those at risk of suicide in the North-east has been accessed by more than 6,000 people since it launched in March.
Funded by NHS Grampian, Prevent Suicide contains personalised plans for help, along with direct contacts to support groups, including The Samaritans and Breathing Space.
Sixty people in the region took their own lives in 2015.
Deaths by suicide in the NHS Grampian area remain significantly lower than average – with government statistics recording 13 per 100,000 people in 2011-15, compared with 14.6 across Scotland.
But Aberdeen has seen consistent year-on-year rises over that time and, although the total number of such deaths in the city was down on the previous three five-year periods, latest analysis suggests 2016 is unlikely to see any slowdown.
Part of the Choose Life campaign, the innovative app guides vulnerable people through compiling their own potentially life-saving “safety plan”.
Iain Murray, Choose Life co-ordinator in the North-east said: “A really important feature of the app is the Safety Plan, which can help people through difficult periods when they are at heightened risk of suicide.
“The app is a great talking point and I have found it has been really beneficial in starting conversations which can lead to discussions about what is troubling someone.”