The jnf strive to support and touch the lives of others in a positive way


Laura Nolan 

"It’s the night before the half marathon and I’m thinking about my fellow team Josh runners and their hard work – those who’ve helped get the Joshua Nolan Foundation to where we are now. But most of all I’m thinking about my beautiful son Josh. The run and the foundation is all about getting vulnerable people in Scotland the help and support they need. It’s all about Josh’s legacy being something amazing, something that can touch the lives of others in a positive way. We need your help to do that, so please give generously and let’s offer a helping hand to those who need it most"

Two people die by suicide in Scotland each day. That is higher than the number of people who die on Scotland’s roads in traffic accidents. UK wide suicide is the biggest killer of men aged between 20 and 49, more than cancer or heart disease in fact. While men remain more than 3x more likely to take their own lives than women across the UK and Republic of Ireland, suicide prevention must be addressed regardless of gender. 

There were 728 suicides in Scotland in 2016, that is 8% more than the previous year with 71% being male.

In the UK 6,188 people took their own life in 2014, which that means somebody dies by suicide every 90 minutes in the UK

Increases in suicide rates are linked to economic recessions. And, the greater the level of deprivation experienced by the individual, the higher the risk of suicidal behaviour. According to recent studies a low level of educational attainment and no home ownership increases an individual’s risk of suicide. Also, in Scotland children and young people (under 19 years old) who are more socioeconomically deprived are significantly more like to experience types of mental health problems.