Sui­cide aware­ness gath­er­ing

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

Mon­k­lands par­tic­i­pants were among the 500 peo­ple who braved the rain and wind at Strath­clyde Park for the an­nual Let’s Walk About Sui­cide event.

The event, or­gan­ised by Fam­ily and Friends Against Mur­der Sui­cide (FAMS), was opened by Coun­cil­lor Pat O’Rourke, con­venor of the so­cial work sub com­mit­tee, and South La­nark­shire coun­cil­lor Mau­reen Chalmers.

More than 20 char­i­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing sui­cide pre­ven­tion groups and the emer­gency ser­vices, par­tic­i­pated, mak­ing it the largest event of its kind in La­nark­shire.

It aimed to raise aware­ness of sui­cide and sui­ci­dal be­haviours, while of­fer­ing sup­port to those be­reaved by sui­cide.

Ann Marie Co­cozza, FAMS co-founder and vol­un­teer, said:“Sui­cide is a fam­ily af­fair, in that it af­fects every­one in the fam­ily, ir­re­spec­tive of age.

“Our event al­lowed the op­por­tu­nity for sib­lings, chil­dren, part­ners etc, who have been af­fected by sui­cide or sui­ci­dal be­haviours to come to­gether and see that they are not alone.

“It’s also the rea­son why the event was free, to en­sure that it was in­clu­sive to all.

“FAMS in­sist that all fam­i­lies and their friends af­fected by sui­cide or sui­ci­dal be­haviours should not have to even con­sider the costs of at­tend­ing.

“A mas­sive thank you to every­one that at­tended for help­ing to make the event such a success.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on FAMS, visit

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