Suicide prevention was the focus at Ravenscraig Regional Sports
Facility as teams battled it out in a 5-a-side football competition
as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.
This was the eighth year of the competition and more than 150
players competed for the winners trophy on Wednesday 10 September.
Twenty-six teams from across Lanarkshire took park, including sides
from Barnardo's, NHS Lanarkshire, Reeltime Music,North
Lanarkshire Leisure. The winners of the tournament were the Fire
Service with the players coming from different divisions across
Lanarkshire and the runners were the McDonald's team from East
The event was organised by North Lanarkshire Council Social Work
in partnership with Choose Life, NHS Lanarkshire and North
Lynne Cruickshank, Senior Officer for younger adults with said:
"Sport is a great way to reach people with messages about suicide
prevention. Being aware of the signs means we might notice when
someone is considering suicide and we could then offer support and
possibly help save a life.
"Everyday around two people die from suicide in Scotland with
three out of four being male.
"Football can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing and
participants were told about the impact suicide can have on the
lives of not just those thinking about suicide, but the effect it
can have on friends and family."
Scotlandhas the highest suicide rate in theUKand it is the
leading cause of death in those under the age of 35 years.
Nicky Laughlin, Sport Development officer with North Lanarkshire
Leisure added: "Football is a great way to bring people together
and making them feel part of a team and community.
"Suicide has a devastating impact on lives and this event is a
great way of raising awareness about what is a very sensitive issue
which affects so many people. Every suicide is a tragic loss of
life and we all have a role to play in suicide prevention."
Staff from the Terrance Higgins Trust, NHS Health Improvement,
Action for Lone Parents and Phoenix Futures were amongst a number
of stalls offering information and advice at the event.
Picture: Kevin O'Neil (NHS Lanarkshire), David Jackson (Fire and
Rescue), Lynne Cruickshank (NLC Social Work), Nicky Laughlin (North
Lanarkshire Leisure) and piper Jay Wilson.