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    Suicide Prevention Week aiming to save lives

    Written by 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.”