Suicide Prevention Week

This year’s campaign is asking everyone to take a moment to offer a gentle word of support and listening to those who may be struggling emotionally as it can make all the difference.

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World suicide prevention day, which falls on 10 September, is encouraging everyone to ‘take a minute, change a life’.

The message is at the heart of this year’s campaign which is asking everyone to take a moment to offer a gentle word of support and listening to those who may be struggling emotionally as it can make all the difference.

Lynne MacDonald, Suicide Prevention Officer with North Lanarkshire Council said: “Suicide is something people don’t want to talk about and we have to try and change this mindset. Every suicide is a tragic loss of life and we all have a role to play in suicide prevention.

“Our aim is to make sure we can provide the right support when people need it most. By working together we can all make a difference and help save lives.”

As in previous years there are a host of events across Lanarkshire to promote suicide awareness day and this message.

It will include the annual football tournament in Ravenscraig, a planned schools tournament later on in the year, the launch of a new suicide prevention app for young people and local cafes will also have branded paper cups and napkins with the message ‘shatter the secrecy of suicide keep the conversation alive’ encouraging people to talk openly about suicide.

Susan McMorrin, senior health promotion officer, said: “People who have lived through a suicide attempt often talk about reaching the point where they could see no alternative but to take their own life, and about the days, hours and minutes leading up to this.

“They often say they didn’t want to die, wanting someone to intervene and stop them, and how they actively sought someone who would sense their despair and ask them whether they were okay.

“It proves that taking a minute to reach out to someone – a complete stranger or close family member or friend – can change the course of a life.”

“Don’t be worried about not being able to find the exact words or give specific advice.

“It’s often just the compassion and empathy from others that helps to turn things around for someone and point them towards recovery.”

As in previous years there are a host of events across Lanarkshire to promote suicide awareness day and this message.

It will include the annual football tournament in Ravenscraig, a planned schools tournament later on in the year, the launch of a new suicide prevention app for young people and around nine local cafes will also have branded paper cups and napkins with the message ‘shatter the secrecy of suicide keep the conversation alive’ encouraging people to talk openly about suicide.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention mobile app will provide you with further guidance. The App is for ALL individuals within our communities whether they are experiencing suicidal thoughts or helping to support another person.

To download it search for SP NLC and/or click the Google Play Link for android phones or Apple App Store link for iphones.  For additional help and advice for you or the person you’re worried about, contact, Crisis numbers below

Breathing Space

0800 83 85 87
(Mon – Thu, 6pm – 2am; Fri, 6pm – Mon 6am)
www.breathingspace.scot

Samaritans

116 123 (24hrs)

www.samaritans.org

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