Suicide Prevention Week aiming to save lives
Written by centralfmnews on September 10, 2019
It’s hoped a week-long campaign can help reduce the number of people feeling suicidal.
A range of events are taking place across the country to mark Suicide Prevention Week.
Figures released earlier this year showed a 15% rise in the number of people taking their own life in Scotland.
During 2019 Suicide Prevention Week, local activities include:
10th September – 11am to 2pm- information stalls at Forth Valley College, Alloa
12th September -9pm to 10pm – drop in to the Mens’ Cave at Indodrill stadium for a chat
Jim Robb, Suicide Prevention Lead in Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership, said:
“If someone you are close to shows signs of not being themselves, you will normally notice. When changes in their behaviour begin to worry you – even if the signs come and go – the most important aspect is to ask them about it.
“Talking openly about their feelings can help a person get clarity about what is troubling them. Starting this conversation helps them gain a perspective on their distress. You don’t need to have a solution to their problems – being there for them and listening, without judgement, shows that you care and their distress, and ultimately their happiness, is important to you.”